Sunday, September 16, 2018

Who's Zoo in Tasmania ~ Details of Zoos and Wildlife parks

In this post I take a look at some of Tasmania's Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Rescue operations.

Each displays their website so that you can find out more about their operations, times and costs.

Wings Wildlife Park (and camping)

In the wild, only the fit have a chance to survive… Wing’s Wildlife Park, everyone has a chance.

You should allow approximately 2 hours for your visit to Wings Wildlife Park.
Most of the animals have been permanently injured (excepting fish, reptiles & babies born in captivity) and now reside at Wing’s Wildlife Park where enclosures  can be adapted to suit their needs.

Among the park's residents are:
Bennett's Wallaby
Blotched Blue-Tongue Lizard
  Brushtail Possum
  Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Eastern Quoll
Forester Kangaroo
Koala and
 Long-Nosed Potoroo
As well as Farm Animals,  American Bison,  Black-Tufted Capuchin Monkey, Camel,  Crab-Eating Macaque, Marmoset,  Blotched Blue-Tongue Lizard, birds and Fish.
Camping and Powered Sites

For an experience where family memories are made
Camping on the flats along the banks of the Leven River at Wings Wildlife Park is very popular, with so many things to do in a great location.

There are also powered sites and backpacker units available, so there’s something to suit everyone.

The main camping area is an attractive, large, grassed, riverside area with some shade, suitable for tents and self-sufficient caravans.

Powered sites and a picnic shelter are available near the amenities, and camping is also available here if preferred.

The amenities, including toilets, showers, disabled facilities and laundry block, are situated beyond the reception building.

Swap and go gas bottle exchange is available.

Entry to the Farm Walk is included in all accommodation fees, (This area includes buffalo, bison, camels, alpacas, ponies, ostrich, emus, deer, turkeys and more).

Entry to the main Wildlife Area has an additional charge, but you will only need to pay once during your stay and it will cover you for all the subsequent days you stay at the Park. Just let us know that you’re a camper and we’ll record your name when you pay.

137 Winduss Road, Gunns Plains
Coordinates: -41.264131, 146.045420

Open Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

Check out the WEBSITE

Tasmania Zoo

 Animal-tastic fun with 900 acres of private native bushland which is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in Tasmania.

Tasmania Zoo is a privately owned, local family-run zoo that is committed to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.

Some of these animals are unable to be returned to the wild, so as you walk around the zoo, you will meet many of them who all have their very own unique stories.

They are dedicated to continuous contribution to wildlife conservation and to the education of the community at large, providing world standard facilities to over 100 rare, exotic and native species.

Tasmania Zoo facilities include:
* BBQ and Picnic Areas
* 'Meerkat Munchies’ Cafe
* A Gift Shop that includes Artwork by the zoo animals
* Disabled Access
* Baby Change Facilities
 The zoo is wheelchair friendly and has an electric mobility aid available at the zoo’s front reception area for hire.
No pets or service animals permitted within Tasmania Zoo.

1166 Ecclestone Road,
Phone: 03 6396 6100
Opening Hours:9:00am - 4:30pm

Check out the Tasmania Zoo Website  for full details

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Sanctuary map - There's plenty to see at Bonorong  and the path is one big loop, so you won't miss a thing.
Explore a sanctuary just for the wildlife of Tasmania, where kids can have some truly special wildlife encounters.

Whether you’ve come across the world or you’re just down the road you are most welcome at Bonorong,  a Sanctuary for wildlife run by a passionate team of like-minded people.

A visit to Bonorong is a chance to come closer than ever to something wild and fragile.

You’ll come face to face with animals that went extinct long ago in other parts of Australia — the same animals we’re working hard to protect now.

By walking through our old wooden gate you’ll become part of something special – everything they do is done with your help.

593 Briggs Road, Brighton
Coordinates: -42.706658, 147.270361
Open daily from 9am to 5pm - including weekends and public holidays. 
Bookings are not required for general admission, or to join our daily tours which are included in your ticket price.

For full details, check out their WEBSITE

ZooDoo Wildlife Park

safari bus

Zoodoo is well known for it’s hands-on approach that let’s you get closer to more animals than you ever thought possible.

You get close-up and personal with many animals in the walk thru Native Park, Farm Yard, and NEW Walk-thru Bird Aviary.

Included in the entry fee is the unique safari bus tours which take visitors to hand-feed large animals including Ostriches, Camels, Zebras and more.

Is an ideal place for the adults to sit out of the weather with a coffee and catch their breath while the children exhaust themselves further.

This area consists of a merry-go-round, jumping castle and toddlers ball pit and the use of rides in this area is included in the entry fee.

620 Middle Tea Tree Rd, Richmond
Coordinates: -42.710104, 147.373510
Open: 7 days 9am - 5pm
For full details, check out the WEBSITE

 Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

 Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary, where native Tasmanian fauna and flora thrive and also has a great range of marsupials, birds and reptiles on site.

The primary goal for Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary is wildlife conservation, education and rehabilitation.

The ecological sustainability of the Tasmanian flora and fauna is of valued importance. Trowunna is an integral part of the larger picture of wildlife in Tasmania. Centrally set amongst varying environments, Trowunna provides an haven of 65 acres for our native transient Tasmanian wildlife and migratory wildlife looking to travel through what are, sometimes hostile environments.

Trowunna has daily interactive tours with group and private bookings welcome.

Facilities include the Devil Education and Research Centre, a gift shop, parking, toilets, picnic tables and disabled accessibility.

The Devil Education and Research Centre at Trowunna aims to highlight the unique carnivorous mammals that live in Tasmania.

 1892 Mole Creek Road, Mole Creek
Coordinates: -41.555863, 146.452277
Daily interactive tours: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Adults $26, Concession $22
Children (3yo-15yo) $16
For more information, check out the WEBSITE
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
the world’s first Unzoo

  UNZOO – a place where the public learns about wild animals, plants and ecosystems through interaction with and immersion in natural habitats.

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is a four-in-one wildlife nature experience that combines up-close animal encounters, wildlife adventures, a Tasmanian native garden and original art.

The world has many great zoos and wildlife parks. Tasmanian Devil Unzoo represents a reversal of the concept and ethos of these institutions.

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is the world’s first intentional Unzoo project, developed from a masterplan created by visionary zoo designer John Coe and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo owner John Hamilton.

In transforming the site, they have embraced natural habitats for the native animals that replicate or restore natural landscapes.

The Unzoo is much more than the appearance of no cages or barriers. The habitats create an environment in which the animals have more independence, behaviour choices and opportunities for natural behaviours.

At the Unzoo, you’ll have face-to-face encounters with animals found nowhere else on earth, discover rare and beautiful Tasmanian plants in the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden, see Tasmanian artworks in our galleries and have the chance to help save endangered Tasmanian devils on our Devil Tracker Adventure.
 5990 Arthur Highway,Taranna
Phone:   1800 641 641
Coordinates: -43.060806, 147.864530
9am-6pm (summer)
For full details see the WEBSITE
Seahorse World 

The mystical seahorse has always been a source of immense attraction and this Tasmanian-based experience is dedicated to uncovering the secrets and conserving the delicate environmental balance of these fragile yet beautiful marine animals.

A trip to SeaHorse World will lead you on a journey to the unique facility that will provide you with an excellent experience with the aim of balancing both entertainment and education for a great day out.

You'll be given a "behind the scenes" look at the world's first working seahorse farm as well as hands-on opportunities in the touch pool.

Seahorses aren't the only animals on hand at the park - Seahorse World also has many other interesting creatures in their Wonders of the Southern Ocean Aquarium.

The guided tour runs for a duration of 45 minutes from 9:30am until 4:30pm from September to April and every hour from 10am to 3pm between May and August.

Shed 1A Inspection Head Wharf
200 Flinders Street, Beauty Point
Coordinates: -41.152410, 146.822754
The park is open 7 days a week - with the exception of Christmas Day - and offers visitors ample amount of fun.
For more information and BOOKINGS

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