Given the relaxed nature of the Fijians, we weren't really sure what to expect from the Kula Eco Park. My wife and I are both huge nature nuts, so we really wanted to check out some of the Fijian wildlife and take some photos.
The first part of our visit saw us handling Iguanas and Boa Constrictors (don't stress, they are small enough to handle, very well looked after and not at ALL aggressive). This was a great way to kick off the visit and get people involved. There was a family that arrived at the same time as us and the thrill of handling bright lizards and snakes was obvious for the kids there.
The handling is very well supervised and the staff ensure that you sanitise your hands prior to protect the animals. The attention to detail and obvious passion for caring for these animals was probably what surprised us most about this place. The staff there are very professional and all of the animals seem to be really well looked after. We were really impressed.
After handling the animals you can take yourself around the rest the park and check out turtles, various birds including parrots, owls, doves and other birds of prey. The resident peacock put on a nice little display for us, as did the curious Barn Owl (loving the attention, this guy was).
Everywhere around the park you will find yourself well guided by sign-posts and very well informed about the animals, plant life and also various historical details. Every piece of information is well written and presented in a fun, humorous and borderline cheeky (sometimes) manner which is actually quite entertaining.
The range of animals on display is somewhat limited - you will be seeing a lot of green Banded Iguanas - but you don't need to spend all day there. Just take a couple of hours maximum and you won't be bored. Coming from Melbourne, I'm pretty spoilt with the Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, both of which have a huge range of animals. My wife and I both really liked this place.
Most impressive was the dedication to the cause shown by the people that run the park. They have put together a great set-up, and the various programs they run for the Fijian schools and communities overall is commendable. It is great to see that your fees are going towards such a great cause.
Definitely worth sparing a couple of hours to check out, regardless of whether you are a nature nut like us or not!
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