We didn't know quite where to begin in sharing our photos from yesterday's visit to Wing's Wildlife Park in Gunns Plains, Tasmania. There was a wide array of wildlife indigenous only to Australia inspiring us to take many photos which we enthused to share.
Over the next few days, we'll post photos in groupings of types of animals based on the fact that we have too many to post in one day. For those of our readers less interested in wildlife, please "bear" with us.
|The natural habitat included hollowed tree trunks, stumps and secluded areas to comply with their natural instincts to burrow at certain times.|
Yesterday's visit to Wing's Wildlife Park especially appealed to us based on the facilities goal of presenting rescued animals. We have little interest in regular zoos when animals are purchased, kidnapped and taken with the intent to be trained for show's to satisfy the public's curiosity.
|Posing for a photo.|
We'd heard that the elephants were rescued and care for by some the finest rescue people and support staff in Africa as outlined in the story we posted here. At that time, we passed on the elephant ride uncomfortable with the concept. Instead we each did a short walk with a elephant holding our hands with their trunks a shown in the photos from that post.
|I tried to get a teeth baring photo when three Tasmanian Devils were playing a bit but it happened so quickly, I missed the shot.|
As a result and due to a lack of funds, donations from the public and fees to enter the facility helped offset the cost of the elephant's care and quality of life.
|Taking a sip in the pond.|
On the other hand, a regular zoo, has little appeal to either of us with this one caveat...when we visit Minnesota and if, our grandchildren want us to go with them to visit the popular Minnesota Zoo, we won't say no.
|They almost looked quite huggable.|
Visiting Wing's Wildlife Park left us with a good feeling. The public is allowed to feed and pet many of the animals who seemed to enjoy the attention and of course, the food.
|A warm sunny day kept this little fellow lounging in the sun for a nap.|
The fees to visit the facility was a little high for this area at AU $23, US $16.89 per person. We hadn't called in advance requesting they waive the fees for our story which occurs in many instances. In this particular case, we chose to keep it low key and simply enjoy ourselves at our leisure.
Tomorrow, we'll be back with other wildlife photos and look forward to "seeing" you then! Thanks for being an integral part of our lives of world travel!
Photo from one year ago today, January 6, 2016:
|As we boarded the ship one year ago, we noticed it was still decorated for Christmas. For details of a medical emergency prior to boarding the ship and how we handled it, please click here.|