Monday, 13 June 2011
I had so much fun wandering around the sanctuary, I almost forgot I was on a tour (I hate tours), it was super relaxed and informative. The keeper was in tune with everyone and allowed just the right amount of time to absorb the animals. It began with a petting session (snakes, reptiles etc), which we missed, alas Sorrento was not as close as we figured. Then onto the park where a host of marsupials most of which I'd not encountered before (some endangered) were waiting to be fed. Note: this a sanctuary not a rehabilitation centre, the animals here will remain in captivity (albeit a happy existence) until the die.
A highlight was listening to the Tazmanian Devils squeel over a chunk of meat, ambivalent to the other piece a few inches away and then coming back to drink the blood the keeper decanted into the pen. The Tawny Frogmouth was beautiful, my new favourite bird of Australia, an amazing creature with impressive plumage and a bright soft mouth that traps insects. Master of camouflage with feathers on its beak that jut out to sense when its prey is near. It was definitely worth the $30 entry, the group was a good size and all the money went to the centre which receives no additional funding from the government.