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Weekend Wanderings: Healesville Sanctuary Part 1

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A couple of weekends ago we had a Social Snappers excursion to Healesville Sanctuary.  This is another part of Zoos Victoria, and this one specialises more in Australian animals and birds.  It is a good place for tourists to visit and see what unique animals we have here.  We didn’t get to see a lot of it, as we were a bit limited with time, but with my Zoo Membership card I can go back anytime I want, so I might have to do that.  Healesville is out of Melbourne, but luckily for me on my side of the city.  It only takes me an hour to get here. I will go back.

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There were emus there, though this is the only one that we saw and we could really get any photos of it without the wire, still they are amazing creatures, so intense.

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I think this is a she, and she is quite beautiful, a Dingo of course.  I haven’t seen many dingos in my life.  I’ve seen many foxes and such, but not dingos.  They tend to stay away from human populations.

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Like the Royal Melbourne Zoo in the city there is an aviary of birds as well.  Again, I can’t tell you what these are, or any of the birds, but they were very pretty.

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There are kangaroos and wallabies of course.  What a life, they have a large area just for themselves which we could walk through.

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Then the Koalas.  There were quite a few and they weren’t all asleep, this guy put on quite a show for us. They look just like toys, don’t you think? The nose looks like a piece of plastic.

It was a lovely day at the Healesville Sanctuary.  I have been there before but not for a very long time, well, since my children were little.

There’s a map for you so you can see where it is.

They do a show there of birds, and I will have photos for you tomorrow on that.  For today, here is a gallery of more images from my afternoon there.  I hope your weekend will be full of lots of wanderings, maybe go to a local zoo, or animal park and see what you can get.

 

46 Comments
  1. The Dingo looks like a family pet, an attractive animal. The koala does seem to have a plastic nose!

    March 14, 2015
    • It does a bit, but I don’t that people have them as pets, though I’ve heard of people having part dingo dogs. I know, how funny is it? Thanks John.

      March 14, 2015
  2. Oh its been years since I’ve been there – nice photos! Makes we want to jump over the ditch and go again soon:-) Thanks for posting!

    March 14, 2015
    • Same for me too, I haven’t been there for about 15 years. Thank you. Maybe you should, come for a visit.

      March 14, 2015
  3. I have heard that dingos were originally domesticated dogs that became feral. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I would never guess that to be a wild anything. He looks like a big mixed breed dog of which I’ve seen hundreds here, there, and everywhere.

    March 14, 2015
    • Yeah, I just read that too, though they have been here for a very long time, before white invasion anyway. I don’t know that they are feral, I’ve never thought of them that way, they don’t go like you see other wild dogs go. This one is all dingo, so no mixed breed, but it is a massive problem and they are on the endangered list because of it. SAd.

      March 14, 2015
  4. Great shots! Beautiful animals! We’re definitely not in Illinois here! 🙂

    March 14, 2015
    • Haha, no definitely not, we grow up with these and we get to see them in the wild all the time. Thanks Thomas 🙂

      March 14, 2015
  5. A great selection of photos. Is that with the lens you are trying out?

    March 14, 2015
    • Thank you Raewyn, no, I took these with a cheap and nasty 70-300mm that I have, though it does a pretty good job.

      March 14, 2015
  6. That first one through the chicken wire kills me. Great shots.

    March 14, 2015
  7. Fantastic capture of wild life and look forward to see the part 2.

    March 14, 2015
    • Thank you Cattan, lots of great things there to see, I must go back and see what else I can get.

      March 14, 2015
  8. oh these are wonderful. Kangaroos are so silly looking but I know they are fierce!! I love them and the koalas. Emu’s are very dinosaur and I do like the Dingos. Are they tameable?

    March 14, 2015
    • Thank you Cybele. They are, very funny creatures, have to wonder why they evolved that way. they can be, but in the wild, they will run when they see you, it is more in places where you trap them, or where people fed them that the problems start. We have them all around us and they are never a problem. I think so, they are really just dogs, the dingos, so I imagine you can train them, and they would be tame.

      March 14, 2015
  9. PS I know there’s no such word as tameable- tamable looks wrong but…

    March 14, 2015
    • But …. I know just what you mean.

      March 14, 2015
  10. Leanne, not very often you publish animal photos … those kolas are just so cute!!! And cuddly.
    Lovely post, Leanne! I wish you a great weekend.

    March 14, 2015
    • No you’re right, though I seem to have been doing it a lot more lately. I because a member of the zoo, so I enjoy going there for free and taking photos.
      Thanks Viveks, you have a great weekend too.

      March 14, 2015
  11. The koala sleeping is so cute! He must know he’s adorable…

    March 14, 2015
    • He is and I think you are right, they always seem to know that they are cute.

      March 14, 2015
  12. What a nice facility to have with a reasonable distance.

    March 14, 2015
    • It is, and even better being a member, I’ve got my money’s worth already and I’ve been for less than 2 months.

      March 14, 2015
  13. Love that Dingo!

    March 14, 2015
  14. The dingos are beautiful and those koalas look cuddly

    March 14, 2015
    • I thought so too Nora, it was lovely seeing the dingo. The koalas are fun.

      March 14, 2015
  15. MMMMM I think I’ve been here too. LOL. Great afternoon out with some great aussie animals. Lovely pics

    March 14, 2015
  16. I haven’t been there in years! Great place and photos 🙂

    March 14, 2015
    • It’s a great place Julie, you will have to go again the next time you are here. 🙂

      March 14, 2015
  17. I’ve always like zoos, especially since they started putting the animals in habitats rather than bare cages. You got some wonderful shots, thanks for sharing.

    March 14, 2015
    • I agree John, it is nice to see the animals rooming in large open spaces. Thank you.

      March 15, 2015
  18. OMG those Koalas are just adorable!! I love the one sleeping in the tree. 🙂

    March 15, 2015
    • They look very cute and I asked a person at the zoo the other day who was giving one a scratch on the back if they ever give them cuddles and they laughed and said no, have you seen their claws? So maybe not really cuddly. Thanks Laura.

      March 15, 2015
  19. Very nice Gallery . . . the Koalas were terrifying, but I loved the cute Dingo.

    March 15, 2015
    • Oh yes, the Koalas are very terrifying, though I have heard they can be agressive, I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of their claws. The Dingo is cute, but you know they eat babies, or so I’ve heard.

      March 15, 2015
    • The world has too many babies as it is. Plus, apparently people can pop them out like there’s no tomorrow! You don’t even need a license.

      March 15, 2015
      • True, true, I think you are right, too many, and seriously, you should need a license.

        March 15, 2015
  20. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Dingos are lanky creatures, I’ve only ever seen them on TV and they are sleek. The Koalas are adorable to look at and you just want to squeeze them but they are wild. Kangaroos are synonymous with Australia, this one looks lazy and satisfied. 🙂 Emus are homely at first glance but if you look closely they take on a stately appearance as with old royalty.

    Birds have always attracted me. As a child I’ve observed them at a time when the populations are much more than now. Birds are very fragile in many ways: to food sources and starvation, weather extremes, the encroachment of people and predators. I was hoping to find the name of the bird according to shape and then picture but the list is enormous. Be they wrens, warblers, finches or whatever, let it suffice to say that those in your photograph are very beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing Australia with me!

    March 16, 2015
    • We don’t see them in the wild here very often Jackie. The koalas look adorable, but apparently they can be very agressive, and you really would want to get close to their claws. We saw one yesterday in the a little town, we were out having breakfast and one came to a tree out front and just climbed it, it was very popular, everyone talking photos, including me, just not something you expect to see in a town. The roos are either bored or tired, or a bit of both. They tend to do that a lot during the day. Most animals here are nocturnal, so it is hard getting them to do anything in daylight. Emus can be scary, their beaks can do a lot of damage. 🙂
      Yes, the birds are endangered, and many of them are here too, one of the biggest problems is that we humans thing the earth belongs to us and only us and don’t think about all the other species that are here as well. We control the water for ourselves, we don’t think about the birds. We keep expanding and building things. Humans, many, in capitalist nations have no respect for the environment.
      You’re welcome Jackie, good to see you enjoyed it.

      March 16, 2015

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