Please DO Feed the Animals at These Places
This Emu says “Feed me!” (Photo: The Gentle Barn)
It’s understood that the “Please do not feed animals!” signage in most parks and reserves is there for our safety/the safety of animals/other responsible reasons. But it also puts a damper on things. Human nature dictates, if you want to be friends with another being, you offer them refreshment. It’s instinct. And good manners.
Which is why it’s so nice to find that in a few animal rescues, preserves, and sanctuaries, you can feed the wildlife and feel good about it … while getting awesome Instagram pictures.
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The most exotic animals in the world are probably those indigenous to Australia and nearby islands, which is somewhat disheartening because that’s halfway around the world. But hey, once you’re there, you can feed wallabies and wombats, “play tug-of-war” with Tasmanian devils, and even say hello to a teeny-weeny rescued echidna. Actually, you can do ALL of this in the same place: the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania. This place is a haven for nearly extinct native species.
A cheeky wallaby at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (Photo: Graham Michael Freeman / Tourism Australia)
Wallaby and kangaroo encounters are offered elsewhere in Oz though: at Australia Zoo in Queensland on Kangaroo Island (natch) and at Featherdale Wildlife Park just west of Sydney. Wild wallabies rarely approach humans, but there are exceptions – like this magical moment on Daydream Island.
This wallaby is waiting to say “hi! “(Photo: Daydream Island)