Day 17-19: Kangaroo Island, The Wildlife


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On day 17 of our trip and the first day of 2008, we caught the first ferry to Kangaroo Island, which was chockers with Aussie wildlife and dramatic landscapes (as promised). We’ll talk about the landscape in the next post, because we’re dedicating this one to all the creatures we encountered during these three days.


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We encountered our first Kangaroo Island wildlife on a bushwalk: this jet-black Peninsula Tiger Snake, ranked amongst the deadliest snakes in the world.



We later ran into a friend of his along the road… with our car. Poor thing!



The rest of the wildlife we encountered was more lovable. As the name suggests, there was no shortage of miniature kangaroos bounding throughout the island (including our campground):



The island was also crawling climbing with overgrown koalas, living lives of luxury without their natural predators. There were even some in the trees at our campground! During one of our night-time walks, we actually spotted one scampering across the ground in search of a new tree.


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But my favourite encounter was with a large colony of Cape Fur Seals on the beach at the Seal Bay Conservation Park. How can you not fall in love with these pups?


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To appreciate how magical that experience was, watch this video to see how close we got! We even caught a brief bullfight on film! But our most unusual wildlife experience would have to be at Kingscote Wharf: sitting in the middle of a pelican feeding frenzy!


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Click on for more photos of koalas and friends, fur seals, and pelicans!

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