Sunday, 23 February 2014

Want To Pet A Koala?

And have a truly amazing Australian experience? You can at Urimbirra Wildife Park, All you need to do is get yourself to Victor Harbor which is an hour south of Adelaide South Australia!

As if Victor Harbor, Pt Elliot and surrounding areas didn't have enough going for it with its pristine wild beaches, calm family bays and stunning views over the Great Southern Ocean, there is also this great wildlife park  which gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian fauna in their natural surroundings including Fresh and Saltwater Crocodiles, venomous snakes and large pythons.

The paths through Urimbirra wildlife park allow you to see the animals at close range and a walk through the 16-hectare site. (Urimbirra is an Aboriginal word meaning 'to preserve' or 'to take care of).

You can pack a picnic and eat amongst free roaming friendly Kangaroos and wallabies (and the occasional baby Emu!).
Bring your camera - its a  photographers delight!

Here is the real cool part, at 11am, 2pm & 4pm you can get up close to a few koalas and pet them them in their enclosure and of course get a photo with one! They don't charge for this experience, its all in the $12  $6 admission fees!

I visited Urimbirra last week and took some pics, I love seeing the happy faces of children and adults when they get to pet a koala for the first time.
A great place to take international visitors!

Here are some helpful links:

Urimbirra Wildlife Park

Victor Harbor

Explore South Australia



Friendly Kangaroos roam free




8ft Crocodile!

Purchase bags of feed for $1 and hand feed the animals (this kangaroo is being very greedy!).





Sunday, 9 February 2014

Toby The Koala Just Wants To Cuddle

My routine through summer is to water both front and back gardens morning and night. It is very relaxing - especially in the front yard as I get a lovely view of the sun setting.

It was Saturday evening - 6pm and still a killer 40 degrees C outside, I had been watering for some time. Birds were flying into the freshly saturated shrubs to drink the life saving water droplets beading down from them. This is when My Husband Chris spotted a teeny koala climbing down a tree. Birds were not the only critters to get in on the Saturday night drinks!

We offered (Toby) an ice cream tub filled with water. It wasn't a surprise to learn that Toby did not know what to do. This would have been his first Summer / drought and probably has never had to actually drink water from a rock pool or stream before (evident though his breathing in water drinking style!) He would have had sufficient hydration from the huge amounts of gum leaves he eats, but when the days are in the 40s tree leaves dry up.

Chris had to dip his fingers into the water and then gently dab his mouth. He started to lick the water and was finally drinking straight from the tub like a pro!

He couldn't get enough, he even held a tight grip to the water tub. Chris went inside to make a call to Fauna Rescue, (as we wanted to check if he was too young to be on his own), meanwhile Toby and I shared a special few moments. It was strange because here was this adorable, soft, small but WILD creature who seemed to want to cling / hug / climb up me! What do you do? Cuddle of course and then show them a nice tree to climb :)
Toby was OK to be on his own, and he spent the next day in the trees out front. We left the water out for him.

Enjoy x


Teaching a Koala To Drink
 
 

Koala Wants A Cuddle






Saturday, 16 November 2013

Bush Walks & Baby Animals


We are having some beautiful weather here in The Adelaide Hills, its November and the days are sunny and  not too hot 20C to 30C most days, and loads of wildlife everywhere, life is good!


Apart from koalas we have the occasional visit from Echidnas, kookaburras and sometimes the not so cute Brown Snake!

With all this lovely weather I have been out and about, and as promised now that the weather has warmed up the neighbourhood is alive with wildlife!

I was on an evening walk and came across this koala, who was also on a walk - check out the footage, and hang around to the 50 second mark....






A walk through the Cleland National park almost always guarantees a koala or kangaroo sighting (kangaroos especially in the early mornings).  Here are some pics of late. Enjoy!

Joey Suckling




Native Bottlebrush


Cheeky!


Can you spot the Blue Fairy Wren? So precious!




A Paddock Down The Road

View from top of Mt. Lofty (looking over Cleland and our place, with Adelaide in the distance).


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Koala Season Is Here!

Spring has most definantly sprung here! Wild flowers are in full bloom, birds nesting (and swooping!), longer warmer days, koalas in our trees, on the roads and with young, oh life is good!

It makes me feel humbled to live amongst a thriving community of koalas knowing that these gorgeous creatures are endangered, and rarer in other parts of Australia.
I get upset when I see trees being cut down to make way for new homes in the local area. I worry that we are taking the homes of indigenous wildlife and the precious fresh eucalyptus tips which our koalas love very much.
So, to feel better about a situation I have no control of, I have started to plant eucalyptus seedlings. I have been relocating random seedlings  that have sprouted in random areas like between our pavers, amongst the veggie patch, near drains etc. to their own pots to give them a fighting chance to be big beautiful trees that will one day be home for the future generations of koalas.

"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”


Here is a big koala I came across 100m from our house, I had to usher him to safety from the road, then I got to take a cute video of him getting comfy in a tree, enjoy x



Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Perez Hilton Shares Our Koala Love!


This morning I was enjoying my coffee while  scrolling through the morning news,  and I come across a title:

Perez Hilton
Man Gets Cutie Koala Kisses 

I think to myself 'this sounds like our video' So I  click the link and YES! Its our cute story about Chris giving water to our distressed little friend and being rewarded with not one - but several kisses.

Perez, you are always welcome to drop by our place and hang out with our furry and not so furry friends. Maybe you can score a cute koala kiss yoursel!





"A man was feeding a koala some water from a bowl, as the cutie creature just hung out on top of his fence.
The koala was so grateful, he gave the man a kiss!
The man was so surprised by the kind and loving gesture, he had to go in for another! And another…
Easy, tiger! Koala's are more about hugs, you know! LOLz!
This is seriously so cute, we're about to hop down to Australia to get some kute koala kisses of our own!!
Check out the video (above) to see a man-on-marsupial make out session!"


A man was feeding a koala some water from a bowl, as the cutie creature just hung out on top of his fence.
The koala was so grateful, he gave the man a kiss!
The man was so surprised by the kind and loving gesture, he had to go in for another! And another…
Easy, tiger! Koala's are more about hugs, you know! LOLz!
This is seriously so cute, we're about to hop down to Australia to get some kute koala kisses of our own!!
Check out the video (above) to see a man-on-marsupial make out session!
- See more at: http://perezhilton.com/teddyhilton/2013-08-13-man-gets-cute-kisses-from-koala-bear#sthash.2xzYkr61.DcYqOiD2.dpuf
A man was feeding a koala some water from a bowl, as the cutie creature just hung out on top of his fence.
The koala was so grateful, he gave the man a kiss!
The man was so surprised by the kind and loving gesture, he had to go in for another! And another…
Easy, tiger! Koala's are more about hugs, you know! LOLz!
This is seriously so cute, we're about to hop down to Australia to get some kute koala kisses of our own!!
Check out the video (above) to see a man-on-marsupial make out session!
- See more at: http://perezhilton.com/teddyhilton/2013-08-13-man-gets-cute-kisses-from-koala-bear#sthash.2xzYkr61.DcYqOiD2.dpuf
A man was feeding a koala some water from a bowl, as the cutie creature just hung out on top of his fence.
The koala was so grateful, he gave the man a kiss!
The man was so surprised by the kind and loving gesture, he had to go in for another! And another…
Easy, tiger! Koala's are more about hugs, you know! LOLz!
This is seriously so cute, we're about to hop down to Australia to get some kute koala kisses of our own!!
Check out the video (above) to see a man-on-marsupial make out session!
- See more at: http://perezhilton.com/teddyhilton/2013-08-13-man-gets-cute-kisses-from-koala-bear#sthash.2xzYkr61.DcYqOiD2.dpuf

Too Cute

Baby Koala

Quokka
Baby Kangaroo

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Smart Little Things

Poor Koalas don't get a fair go, They are often referred to as 'lazy' 'stoned' or 'dopey' but since living amongst them for 6 years I have learned that they can be very active and fast moving, and sometimes quite genius.
Here are some amazing things I've seen:

  • Watching a koala jump from the top of one tree 20ft high up over to to another tree as if it were an acrobat.
  • Koala candidly trying to fit through our cat door to get to molly's bowl of water.
  • A koala strolls into our cool garage on a hot summer's day
  • One  casually sitting in our neighbour's  shallow water feature to cool down
  • A group of koalas drinking from a broken mains water on our street
  • A distressed Koala 'knocks' on our window for help  (true story)
  •  And check out this cute video (By Mari Cari) where a Mum koala helps out her scared little bub!



Enjoy! x