Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat

So, I’m falling behind a fair amount with our blog. We are currently in Brisbane, very busy taking courses, looking for work and looking for a short term place to stay. We also have limited internet so I haven’t been uploading very much. But here is a blog about the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat that we visited about 2 weeks ago.

Just down the street from Bec’s place is the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat which is a sanctuary for a variety of different animals that are found amongst Queensland. Sami and I went in on Monday morning fairly early to beat the crowds. Unfortunately our camera ran out of batteries so we only ended up getting a few pictures. Lucky for us the place offered free re-admission for 2 days after your initial purchase. The place was absolutely amazing, so after viewing everything for 2.5 hours on Monday we went back again on Tuesday to do it all over again!

The wildlife habitat was split up into 3 sections – the grasslands, the rainforest and the highlands. On the Monday we did the free tour with a guide through the highlands part. It was very informative and he talked about all the different types of birds that they kept in the sanctuary.

Bright Bird

Bright Bird

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You could get very close to them!

The entrance to the highlands had a cassowary which is the 3rd largest breed of bird in the world. They are also almost extinct, with most of the living population left around the Daintree forests in Northern Queensland. They keep some in captivity to keep them safe and attempt to breed them to increase the population numbers.

A Cassowary!

A Cassowary!

In the highlands there were many birds-parrots, ducks and storks. There was a pair of large black neck storks which were the only 2 in the world to breed in captivity. They currently had 2 chicks in the nest, and apparently have had 12 babies before these 2. It was really amazing to see.

Black Neck Stork

Black Neck Stork with 2 Chicks

We also caught the talk about Koalas and we got our photos taken with a furry one named Sampson. His little claws dug in pretty good, but he was very snuggly.

Holding a Koala!

Holding a Koala!

He's Super Snuggly

He’s Super Snuggly

On the second day we went back and took photos of most of the animals that we had already seen. We started out catching the talk about reptiles and we touched a lizard and a snake. We also had a group photo of Sama and I holding a python. Luckily for me Sama was brave enough to hold the head and I only had to hold the tail.

I might be a little terrified

I might be a little terrified

We also hopped on the free tour of the grasslands. The grasslands was where many species of wallabies, kangaroos, ducks, geese and the crocodiles were kept. We learned so much about crocodiles and about the many different species of kangaroos and wallabies. We also got to hand feed some of the wallabies as we were walking around.

Large male croc and his mate

Large male croc and his mate

Feeding the Wallaby

Feeding the Wallaby

Sami feeding the wallabies!

Sami feeding the wallabies!

It was a really informative place, we had talked to about 4 guides throughout our two days there and learned more about the native animals than we could possibly remember. Overall I would definitely recommend that if anyone is every in or around Port Douglas to check this place out. For something like $32 entry per person (and re-entry for 2 days after) it was an awesome deal.

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