Two Yanks Downunder

A blog about the experiences of two Americans on their first visit to the fabulous continent of Australia

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Caversham Wildlife Park Again

Since I know that my Mom loves wild animals (She went to Kenya on a photographic safari for goodness sake and she's the one that inspired me to feel that way) I thought it would be a great idea to return to Caversham so that she could enjoy the animals too. So today we bundled ourselves off in the campus car (after spending the morning watching "Bad day at Black Rock") and headed for Caversham. As usual we made a couple of unplanned detours, but actually this getting lost led us to a wonderful field of wild flowers that was well worth the frustration of not having any idea of where we were.

We headed to the park and decided to check out the wombats as soon as possible, so rather than starting with the kangaroos, we headed through Southeast Australia toward the wombats.

It was a day of rodents and owls. There are many cages with some of the less springy members of Australian fauna. (i.e other things besides kangaroos that are interesting to look at.) For example here are some cute little rodents all curled up to sleep during the day.

Since we got there in the afternoon, some of the bats were beginning ot stir. By the time we left in the evening they were up and feeding, so I got to see a completely different set of animals this time around.

Of course it was hard to resist taking pictures of some of the more colorful birds again.

And even though I swore I would remember what this was - I now have no idea whether this is a poteroo, a padmelun or what!

On our way to the wombats via the Koalas, we passed many cages of animals from the Southeast and Northeast. No that is NOT a kangaroo, but some kind of wallaby (I believe).

Of course the Koalas never get any less cute, so we HAD to stop and say hello - pet them and photograph them endlessly. It was always a case of wanting to take just one more picture.

Some were just settling down for a nap, looking quite self-satisfied and content.

The attendant told us they could be quite active, but this was definitely a slow time of the day.

These younger ones were watching the people watching the Koalas.

Of course we got distracted by the Tasmanian devils, so we stopped and looked at these scary little guys. Their jaws lock in place once they chomp down and if they get you, they pretty much become a permanent part of your anatomy!

We finally did get to the wombats and here is Mom petting the wombat.

The next part of our blog will concentrate on birds (oh yeah, and maybe some kangaroos!)


At 12:45 AM, Anonymous min said...

You promised me kangaroo's!!

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Wendy and/or Don said...

Tee hee!

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Wendy and/or Don said...

Kangaroo's what? Kangaroo's neighbors!!

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Jenny said...

What the hell is that gaping hole in the wombat? Please tell me it's a belly button.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Wendy and/or Don said...

The hole in the wombat - yes - well the wombat is a marsupial - that means it is an animal with a pouch. Much more sensible than humans, marsupials bear their children very small and then let them grow outside the body in a pouch thus avoiding nasty la maze classes and the minor inconveniences of tearing muscles and moving bones.)

At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Jenny said...

The wombat...the anti-episiotomy animal.

I love it!


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