Sunday, May 3, 2015

Down Under Animals

My travels in Australia and New Zealand, included game reserve visits.  In New Zealand, I went to Penguin Place, there were yellow-eyed penguins.  We walked around the hillside, above the beach to different lookouts, where we were mostly hidden from the penguins behind a wooden structure.  You could stand, there and watch them through the opening in the structure, yet we were not invading into their space.  I saw several penguins!  The other portion was the re-hab/hospital for younger penguins, that were orphaned and needed a little care, before release back into their home area.  Our group leader was very passionate and knowledgeable about the penguins.
In Tasmania, Australia, I went to a game reserve at sunset.  The nocturnal animals were active, I saw a Tasmanian devil, wombat, brushtail opossum.  Most of these animals were in a rehabitat program and will be released into the wild.  Of course, there were kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.  Our group leader was very knowledgeable, explaining about the different animals.  I did pat the back of young wombat.
Near Sydney, we visited a game reserve and saw different birds, dingoes, kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.

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