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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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by Yui Sakata (subscribe)
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Published September 2nd 2012
Love Aussie animals? Bonorong is where to be
Australia is a paradise destination for animal lovers around the world. Especially, an island at the southern tip, Tasmania, is home to the rarest of indigenous animals, including Tasmania-only Tasmanian devils. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a pleasant 30-minute drive from Hobart CBD, is the place to fulfill your interest.

The sanctuary, established in 1981, has been a place to shelter injured and orphaned wildlife around the region. It is staffed with friendly and passionate animal specialists. Take a feeding tour guided by them to meet the animals up close. You'll be offered to touch a koala and/or wombat, depending on how the animals feel, in addition to the herd of kangaroos you can feed on your own. This park offers you the rare opportunity of such a personal experience.

In July 2012, this orphaned female wombat baby was taken care of in a hand-made cotton sack, imitating a mother's pouch.

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Kangaroos gathering for food

One of the attractions is kangaroo feeding with a packet of kangaroo dry food you'll be handed at the entrance. The roos will slowly walk up to you, shyly asking for a handful.

One of the most sought after Australian marsupial is the Tasmanian devil. They are endangered with a transmittable disease as of 2012. The facility was looking after five of the small dog-like carnivores, all of them being more than naturally healthy. A caretaker has stated that "they live a year longer at the sanctuary than in the wild."

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Tasmanian devil asking to be fed

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Tasmanian devils fighting for a piece of meat

Caretaker educating visitors about koalas while visitors enjoy a touch of soft koala fur

All of your entry fee goes to fund the preservation activities of animals in need.
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Phone: 03-6268-1184
Where: 593 Briggs Road, Brighton TAS 7030
Cost: $24
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