Why you should visit Trowunna Wildlife Park, Tasmania

Now I know Tasmania isn’t exactly around the corner for most of you. In fact, most Australians I know haven’t even been there yet. However, I’m writing this post just in case you happen to find yourself visiting the island and thinking of things to do – I think you should put Trowunna Wildlife Park on your list of must-do’s. Here’s why.

There are lots of cute cuddly animals

This one really has to come first, because who would go to a wildlife park if it weren’t for the animals? At Trowunna you can see Tasmanian Devils…

 

Wombats…

Echidnas…

Pademelons…

 

Wallabies…

White goshawks having their lunch…

And many more furry friends.

Need I go on?

However, a wildlife park just filled with cute animals does not instantly gain it my seal of approval (see: Featherdale). The reason I loved Trowunna so much was because in addition to lots of cute animals…

They participate in conservation

Trowunna are part of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (and in fact they just won an award for contribution to the program). This is absolutely key for me – I know people don’t like the thought of animals cooped up in zoos, but the unfortunate reality is that while we keep trashing their natural environment it’s the only option to keep them alive at all. Participation in conservation and breeding programmes to keep the gene pool as diverse as possible whilst doing everything they can to make the original habitat viable once again is the mark of any zoo/wildlife park/etc worth visiting. Skip all the rest (especially those for-profit ones).

The keepers are friendly, knowledgeable, and clearly care about the animals

You can tell when someone loves their job, and I expect the animals can too. All the staff we met were friendly, pleasant, caring and above all knowledgeable about the animals in their charge. They run tours three times daily which I would highly recommend; we are geekily into our Australian wildlife and even we learned a lot. Also, we got to pat a wombat and a Tasmanian devil so…

Our guide was fantastic and stayed behind to answer our somewhat involved questions. The animals were clearly comfortable in his presence, too!

 

We also caught some behind the scenes action involving a quoll hunt and the whole thing seemed to be done very professionally with minimal stress for the quolls in question.

The enclosures are a decent size

There are no pacing animals here. The enclosures are all the correct size for each of the inhabitant (or inhabitants if they are housed with a friend or two), and are stuffed full with various enrichment and places to hide. All the animals seem happy and not stressed out by park guests, or their environment in general.

They aim to rehabilitate and release animals

Many of the animals at Trowunna are rescued from accidents or ill-adventures with farmers. They are rehabilitated and released where possible, ideally close to where they were rescued from. Sometimes this isn’t possible, and there are some long stay residents at the park who wouldn’t be able to fend for themselves in the wild. They also have a Shady Acres-esque retirement home for Tasmanian Devils, which is rather cute. However…

The animals come back

A wombat that had been raised at the park was released when it reached adulthood. This lady wombat got pregnant somewhere outside the park, but actually broke back in to the park to give birth. We swung by her enclosure to give her a wave. She looked very happy. What better accolade can you give than that?

Do you like wildlife parks? Have I convinced you to visit Trowunna yet?

-Rachel

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If you're animal mad, there's one spot in Tasmania you won't want to miss. Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, wallabies and more!

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7 Comments

  1. 15th January 2018 / 18:51

    We were seriously tempted to hop over to Tasmania during our visit, but there was just not enough time to see everything. Hopefully next time! I’m so keen to revisit Australia and New Zealand!

  2. 15th January 2018 / 20:39

    Anywhere with cute animals, then I’m sold! It was then really great to read about how the animals are truly cared for and involved in conservation. If I’m ever in that neck of the woods, I’ll know where to add to the list! 😉

  3. Jen
    16th January 2018 / 03:58

    Oh my goodness, I would absolutely love to go here! We love all animals and this would be amazing.

  4. 16th January 2018 / 10:14

    Oh what a sweet story about the wombat! I’ll definitely add this place to my list when we eventually get back to Tassie!

    Lauren x

  5. 17th January 2018 / 13:16

    I feel like Tasmania is the sort of place I used to hear about when watching shows like “Kratt’s Kreatures” when I was growing up, or maybe Steve Irwin. Definitely the first thing I think of is all the animals found there that aren’t anywhere else, so yes, if I ever did happen to be in that part of the world, a wildlife park would have to be a priority!

  6. 17th January 2018 / 19:55

    Oh this makes my animal loving heart so happy! Putting this on our must visit list when we go to Tassie!

  7. 23rd January 2018 / 20:02

    Totally sold! Right, who’s gonna fly me down and take me?!?! 😉

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