With it being our last full day in Australia we decided to head over to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in order to see some more koalas, but also to tick off some other the other animals that we were hoping to see in the wild during our time here.
When we arrived, the bus had dropped us off directly in the parking lot of the sanctuary, so we were able to get straight into the cue (line) to pay our fee to the park.
Before getting in line we noticed a large sign with many boards naming countries from all around the globe and distances from Lone Pine to the specific country.
We wandered past it interested in the number of km it was back to Ottawa and moved on into the park. We later found another sign with the same countries and distances so we stopped to take a photo with it .
There was also a smaller sign that stated "I love Koalas (an outline of a koalas head in its place)" needless to say I convinced Lauren to go and stick her head in the hole, and then I proceeded to do the same. Cute but hilarious! The picture will come later.
We ended up spending nearly the entire day there, wandering around looking at everything there was to see, and for some sections was returned in order to see the animals again or to see if they had come out of their resting areas.
Below I have added a couple extra posts in order to share some of the photos of the animals we did get to see!!
The Emus wandered around the fenced in area, but generally hovering around the middle where their food boxes were. Although if they wanted to feed they first had to kick the Rainbow Lorikeets and Pigeons in order to get at their food.
The Kangaroos also roamed freely within the fenced in area, although the Eastern Grey Kangaroos and the Red Kangaroos were separated. There was food that you could buy in order to feed them as well but we chose not too based on the fact that they are probably already over fed. Instead we wandered around the field taking pictures and hanging out with them for a little while.
While I was standing under the shaded patch where the majority of them were laying down resting a bird pooped on me from the tree above me splattering all over my arm. Thankful that it wasn't in my hair instead, I rubbed what I could off and decided I would thoroughly wash my hands and arm when we left the gated area.
There were several different areas where you had a chance to see Koalas. They had separated them into categories such as retired koalas, kindergarten, male koalas, female koalas and so on. It was interesting to see how active the younger ones were compared to the retired koalas. Koalas in general are quite lazy but there was still a bit of a difference between the two.
The Tasmanian devil, thinking it would be the most energetic of all, was the most surprising. I think we walked past it 3 times and the entire time we were there it remained sprawled out sleeping on the ground.
A wombat is a little like a miniature brown bear, especially this little guy as he was busy taking a nap in his den when we came around. There were two spots where you could view the wombats and all three of them we busy taking their afternoon nap.
The Owls were adorable keeping their eye on you the entire time. We stood there for a couple minutes admiring them and after a few minutes the owl in the front decided he was sleepy and proceeded to close one eye and leave the other one open in order to watch us.
Both the Laughing Kookaburra and the Blue Winged Kookaburras were there in separate cages, it's incredible how certain features or colours can make them look so different. It was really cool to have the chance to look at them up close. They are beautiful birds.