Our Wildlife

by Veronica on April 14, 2008

in Life

Mum and I took Amy to the wildlife park yesterday. Well actually, Mum wanted to show the ‘Flat Stanleys ‘ the animals and Amy and I were just tagging along. (Mum’s Flat Stanleys came from 2 little boys in America who requested to please please show them the animals)

We’re good like that.

So firstly we saw the Blue Tongue Lizards. I personally adore Blue Tongue’s and we used to have one living in the yard (in the old house). I miss her.

We got to see Koalas and we were so pleased to see them awake. They must just have been given new eucalyptus leaves to munch on.

Then, the big rarity, an albino wallaby. Albino animals never survive for very long in the wild, because their stark whiteness makes them stand out to predators. If I remember correctly, this one was actually born at the park and made headlines.

As we wandered into the free-range wildlife area, Mum and I found ourselves increasingly nervous. Unlike the tourists that were around, we know how vicious kangaroos can get. Yes, I KNOW these ones have been all hand raised and are used to people feeding them, that still didn’t stop me wanting to walk away (quickly) as they snuffled all over Amy looking for feed. (The park gives out small bags of pellets especially for the wallabies/kangaroos/geese/peacocks that are about.)

See? Very very nervous. We ended up throwing some pellets on the ground and seeking a spot that had a few less kangaroos (which are very big) around. Maybe some wallabies. Wallabies are nice and small.

This one that I am feeding (and photographing. Watch me multitask!) wasn’t backwards in coming forwards. She placed her front feet on my stomach in her quest to get more food, making me more nervous because her claws! You should have seen her claws! And she was looking for food! On me! Eeek!

Anyway we walked away unscathed (OBVIOUSLY!) and I took a photo of her claws just to show you HOW kangaroos can disembowel a person or a dog in a matter of seconds.

The wombats were rather sleepy as they are a nocturnal animal, but this one did eventually wake up and wander around. My photographs of that sucked though.

Now, I couldn’t do a post about wildlife without showing you a real! live! Tasmanian Devil.

Oh wait! That was the boring information. Sorry. What they don’t mention on there is that Devils are mostly carrion eaters ie: roadkill. They also say how uncommon they are. The last place we lived at we had devils hanging aroung quite alot. I never managed to get a photo though. We must have been living in a devil hot-spot!

Don’t be fooled by how cute they are, Devils are vicious! Devils are also suffering from a Devil Facial Tumour Disease that is killing the population. The DFTD is actually a type of cancer, unfortunately the devil population has become so inbred that the cancer doesn’t differentiate between different devils. So when they fight and bite each other, they pass the disease along. Very very nasty.

The Devils here at the park though are all clear for the disease. Thank goodness.

Amy had good fun, until she realised that there was a sausage sizzle that we weren’t invited to attend (it was for carers who bring up the injured animals) and she wasn’t going to get free food. She rather liked patting the kangaroos ears, even though my heart was thumping lots. The paths at the park weren’t really conducive to Toddler walking (very knotty and bumpy. Also quite steep in places) I tried to let Amy wander as much as possible.

Here she is, running away.

What I haven’t shown you – The Emus , because my photos weren’t fantastic. The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo , whom I swear was trying to dig an escape hole. The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos who had been hit by cars and can’t fly anymore.

Even worse were the Wedge Tailed Eagles . The pair (only one was in the pen, I know there used to be a second one, but now I wonder if it has died?) were victims of shooting attacks and were unable to be rehabilitated because of the extent of their injuries. There are only 70 pairs of Wedge Tails left in Tasmania and they are a distinct strain of their species.

There were Quolls. One Spotted Tailed Quoll (which I hadn’t seen since I was a kid) and one Eastern Spotted Quoll (which we used to see alot of).

Amy also got to say hello to the Peacocks and the Cape Barren Geese . She insisted that the geese were ducks though.

Amy does love her ducks.

As we headed home, Amy was tired and sulky. However she fell straight asleep as soon as she got into her bed.

Poor sulky girl.


Burgh Baby's Mom April 15, 2008 at 12:39 am

That Devil looks evil. I don’t think I would want to get close enough to photograph it.

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Hyphen Mama April 15, 2008 at 1:35 am

Thank you for this photo montage and captions! The only Devil I’ve ever seen was at a Zoo in California and they were every bit as devilish as I thought they’d be. But I’d love to cuddle up with a wombat. And the claws on those kangaroos!!! Wow, the Wiggles don’t tell ya that, now do they?!

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Suzie April 15, 2008 at 2:06 am

Wow the zoos here have such diffrent animals. Very cool to see another bunch of animals. Thanks

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Marylin April 15, 2008 at 4:36 am

ooh gorgeous pics! Sounds like Amy had a great time even if you were a bit worried ๐Ÿ™‚

You realise if I ever manage to visit I have to go there!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Xbox4NappyRash April 15, 2008 at 4:52 am

fascinating stuff, amazing how you just do not get these creatures naturally anywhere else. special place.

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Jenty April 15, 2008 at 7:05 am

Very interesting! I’ve never seen a Tas Devil before, and never heard of a quoll!

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Chris April 15, 2008 at 8:50 am


found this post on a news alert match for DFTD… Just wondering – which park was this? And where did you used to see Eastern quolls in the wild? (I’m presuming in Tassie..)

Also, Re: DFTD – it’s not that the disease doesn’t differentiate between devils; rather, the devils’ immune system can’t differentiate the disease from its own healthy cells – so the immune system doesn’t attack the tumours which is, as you point out, because of the low genetic variance within the devils’ population.

Latest news has it that they might just survive in the north west because a captive-bred male (named Cedric) that came from north-west stock has proved to generate an immune response to an injection of de-activated DFTD cells. They’ve just injected him with the live stuff now and have to wait a few months to determine whether he’ll survive it. If so then they’ll be putting him into breeding programs and continuing to search for devils in the north west which might have natural resistance to DFTD.

Before finding Cedric they did know that there was a gradual change in genetic variability as you moved east-to-west across the state (but not enough to warrant a sub-species status) – and the disease began in the north-east.

So here’s hoping Cedric pulls through.


Taz April 15, 2008 at 8:58 am


looks like ya had a fun day..


i learnt something new though.. i always thought that tassie devils only lived in Tasmania..

how wrong was i..

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Memarie Lane April 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

That last picture is priceless!

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Chris April 15, 2008 at 10:45 am

People believe they only live in Tasmania. Five have been collected from the wild in Victoria but it’s uncertain if these were escapees from Tasmanian stock brought over.

Anja April 15, 2008 at 11:01 am

Poor Amy, far too much excitement for one day.

Oooo that was scary with the marsupial overload so close to Amy. I was flattened by one of those furry critters on a school excursion.

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Tanya April 15, 2008 at 11:15 am

no no no no!!!!!

You aren’t supposed to reveal that kangaroos can get vicious!!!!! (so can koalas)

We are supposed to tell the rest of the world that they are cute, cuddly animals that wander about the country including our major cities in daylight.

I have heard that we are so harmonious with the animals here that when you go to visit someone there are kangaroos in their backyard no matter where they live. And Mick Dundee wanders about the place taming them. (and everyone wears blue singlets and shorts all year round)

(I’m not joking.)

But I suppose it is the same all over the world.

Kitty April 15, 2008 at 11:32 am

Thank you for sharing!

Toni April 15, 2008 at 11:41 am

Wow…to think that kangaroos by you are like our petting zoos. Mostly filled with goats, it’s just not as cool. Nope. Not as cool.

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Widdle Shamrock April 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Awww, Amy is so cute.

Love the photos.

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HRH April 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Cool tour. My 7 y/o sent off his Flat Stanley to a relative a few days ago. I should have sent him to YOU!

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Talina April 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Looks like a fun trip! Those kangaroos scare me, did you really pet them?

Leslie April 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

What a great day! That last photo of Amy is just priceless.

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Wenchy April 15, 2008 at 5:18 pm
river April 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Great photos, I’m sure Flat Stanley will appreciate seeing our native animals. I’m glad those kangaroos were hand reared and relatively tame, my son was attacked by a half grown male once, he’d been feeding it bread and when he ran out of bread kanga wasn’t happy. M has a small scar hidden in his hair from another attack by an emu, same reason. We were living at the Puckapunyal Army Base at the time and emus and kangas roamed fairly freely. They would come to the carpark of the small supermarket and scrounge in the bins for food.

Jenn of The Roof April 15, 2008 at 11:32 pm

What a treat to have such crazy (by North American standards, anyway!) wildlife living so close to your home!

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Tara April 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm




I can’t think of anything else to say.


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troubled teen April 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

I’ve never seen this animals personally since birth… hehehe, i am interested to see those big lizards, the cute koala, little kangaroos/albino wallaby and the tasmanian devils. one thing i want to ask, what kind of animal is in the last picture(holding a plastic bottle)? hahaha… it’s a just a joke…

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Sarcastic Mom April 19, 2008 at 12:08 am

I love animals! We just bought an annual pass to the Zoo here recently. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy looks freakin’ adorable with her sulky self.

Oh, and Braden made the “duck sound” when he saw the Geese at the lake last week. He also loves ducks! He makes that sound for all birds. All birds must now be ducks.

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Arnold Freire December 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

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