Interlude – Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat   4 comments

A short post to highlight the rather splendid Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat. We saw a huge amount of wildlife in the – wild – but the family are always partial to a well presented zoo and this one is a fine example of how to do it. Review on Trip Advisor is here

It kicks off with “Breakfast with the Birds”. Most of the zoo is semi-open such that the birds and most of wildlife roam free – it’s kind of like a safari park you walk around.

The restaurant is in the bird area and you eat from a fine buffet with the birds flying around you

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

One of the rangers pays everyone a visit for a close up encounter with one of the lesser known creatures in this case a Frog-Mouth and very gorgeous she was too

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

Outside is a whole collection of kangaroos, birds, wallabies all of who are eager to fed. This is a real treat for the kids and they loved it.

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

Fortunately some of the larger and more dangerous animals are contained behind fences. This 5m Saltwater Croc for example

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

They also have Freshwater Crocs – note the longer, more slender snout but the same sly grin – never smile at a crocodile!

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

The tropical and freshwater bird enclosures have a huge variety of exotic natives. I never had any idea of the sheer range of bird life that Australia and Queensland possesses and their song was one of the enduring memories of our trip

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

The real highlight though were the close encounters and both the kids got to cuddle Snakes, Koalas and Crocs

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

TJF is clearly enraptured but TJS looks less certain. Perhaps the fact the Koalas are a bit smelly and wipe poop on their temporary handlers had something to do with it.

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

This one is called Samson and both kids were surprised how heavy he was and how strong his grip was. A little cheesy but as I said in a previous post, Koalas may not be around forever so why not get up close and personal with them while you can.

Sadly the kids weren’t allowed to cuddle the 5m Croc and had to make do with this tiddler. Perhaps that’s why TJS looks a little happier.

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

One more wander through the reserves and bit more hand feeding of the cute wallabies and to watch the kangaroos boxing (they are surprisingly big and very aggressive) and it was time to head off for some real wildlife close-ups.

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

port douglas, port douglas wildlife habitat, breakfast with the birds, koala, saltwater crocodile

The Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat was really well done with sympathetic and knowledgeable staff and a certain charm. I know that there will always be concerns about the rights and wrongs of these sorts of parks but for me the animals were free to roam within reason and education and close contact is an important way to reinforce the message of how precious and delicate our wildlife is. They achieve that here brilliantly in my opinion

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4 responses to “Interlude – Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat

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  1. Average! Average! Average!
    That’s a compliment by the way. Apparently what fans shouted at ‘Scotland’s finest Funk Band’. That’s what I aim for: first in a field of one!
    Smashing post – that looks like a great place to visit. I understand your qualms, but in the end, I come down on the same side as you – if the kids are impressed with the importance of protecting wildlife and its habitats by these close encounters, then job done.
    More great photos. If you can get genuine smiles out of a teenager, even when a camera is pointed in their direction, then you must be doing something right I reckon.

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    • I’m touched by the faint praise 🙂
      It was a really fun place with a chance to get up close with the creatures within. TJS is really the typical teenager now, few words, mostly grunts and monosyllabic responses – bless him

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  2. Cuddling koalas – yes; baby crocs – possibly; but snakes – never!

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    • Funny how different creatures affect people in different ways. Snakes don’t bother me at all but spiders are my nightmare. I was actually really gutted that snakes were the only thing on on our creature-feature wishlist we didn’t see in the wild

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