Part of the appeal of visiting Australia is getting the chance to see some truly extraordinary wildlife in their natural habitats that we would never get the chance to see in the UK. With one of Distant Journeys’ Australian tours, you’ll have several opportunities to meet the diverse array of wildlife that call Australia their home, with Kangaroo Island being just one of the places you will get to visit.
Its location away from the mainland means that it has been relatively untouched, allowing for an abundance of wildlife to grow and develop in a completely natural habitat. Below are just some of the examples of the wildlife you may get to meet while visiting Kangaroo Island:
Kangaroo Island Kangaroos
As can be seen in their name, Kangaroo Island is the only place where you’ll be able to meet the KI kangaroo. They are actually a sub-species of the Western Grey Kangaroo, but differ by being smaller in stature and having longer and darker fur than the mainland counterpart, and can be seen wandering all over the island.
Australian Sea Lions and New Zealand Fur Seals
Native to Kangaroo Island, colonies of these animals can best be seen at Seal Bay, which is included in a Distant Journeys excursion to the island. Home to thousands of seals and sea lions, you can often spot them playing, basking in the sun and returning from overnight fishing expeditions.
A magnificent species of lizard, heath goannas can grow up to a metre long, and can often be spotted scavenging on dead animals near the roads or basking in the sun on a warm day. The colour of its skin means that it can easily blend in to its surrounding environment, helping it to catch its prey of small reptiles and young birds.
One of Australia’s most famous and well-loved animals, koalas live in abundance on Kangaroo Island, making it the perfect place to get a glimpse of these cuddly characters. Sleeping for up to 18 hours a day, you may spot them in their waking hours eating their favourite food, eucalyptus leaves.
Also found in abundance freely roaming the island, tammar wallabies are one of the smallest species of wallaby, measuring roughly the same size as a rabbit. They can only be spotted in southern and western Australia, so Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to meet them alongside all the other wildlife.
The world’s smallest penguin, these are just as popular with visitors as the island’s native kangaroos. Although they only come out at night, as they are nocturnal, watching these cute creatures surface on the shore with their young is definitely worth waiting for.
Photo credits: The Telegraph, Photoseek.com, Wikipedia, Flickr, LA Times
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