Sunday, March 28, 2010

Phillip Island Wildlife Park

We've been to lots of zoos and animal sanctuaries since moving to Australia but Phillip Island Wildlife Park is by far my most favorite yet. It was 60 acres of animals roaming free and other than the four of us, there was only 2 other people there! The wallabies, roos and emus followed us everywhere for some of the pellets they gave us when we first entered the park. Unlike busy zoos, the animals were begging for more to eat. We had a fantastic time feeding them!
They were so cute!

They would actually put their paw in your hand and wrap their claw around your finger to keep you feeding them. It was really adorable!

This guy was very curious about the camera!

Even the birds and animals that lived in cages were very easy to interact with. We were shocked that you could walk right up to the cage, even the hawks and cassowaries (which you could feed...a big deal because they can kill a man!).
Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree (a kid song I can't get out of my head lately!)
Sleeping dingo.
Can't remember what this guy is...anyone know?

I love this's like he's saying..."You lookin' at me?"

Okay, so most of you know my fear of birds. I'm kind of overcoming it but, emus...I'm sorry. They just freak. me. out. Big birds that look pre-historic and come right at you. At nose level. Eeeek.
See the emu creeping around Linda in this pic? Well, right after this was taken, the emu snatched her bag of food and ate the whole thing!
Still, Linda was quick to get over any fear of them and actually quite liked them by the time we left! I tried feeding them but couldn't do it after the first not so little peck at my hand!
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. Pretty much a scene from my worst nightmare!
We had a fabulous time! If ever you're on Phillip Island, it's a great place to visit!


Visible Voice said...

Now that's my kind of zoo! For reals. I love feeding the animals. They look like little kids sorta "feed me mama...just a little more!!" very fun.

Moving to Australia said...

I am thinking about moving to Australia just to be able to go to that zoo!!!

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