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Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1447 Stokes Bay Road | Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8559 2232

“Animal Encounters for Everyone” Home to mainly rescued, (orphaned, injured...

“Animal Encounters for Everyone” Home to mainly rescued, (orphaned, injured and unwanted), wildlife and domestic animals.Open to the public on some days for limited hours - PLEASE CHECK OR CONTACT US- to partake in interactive, informative and fun guided tours. Enjoy close contact with many handraised and tame animals. Fantastic photo opportunities for everyone.Entertaining and informative with something special to offer to anyone who cares about animals and has a sense of humour. Paul’s Place receives no outside funding of any kind so visitor admission enables care for each and every animal in residence, including the many not on display, Highlights of guided tours include• Koala photo opportunity and koala holding• Bird feeding• Kangaroo and Possum holding• Handfeeding kangaroos, emus and others• Special experience to pat an echidna while watching it feed• Ponyrides, (small children)• Small farm section including sheep shearing (except winter)• Meet our reptiles.

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We had a super experience, feeding kangaroos, cuddling koalas. one of the best place in Australia for Aussie wildlife experience ! we highly recommend this place

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 11, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paul runs the Waves and Wildlife cottages at Stokes Bay and this is his other occupation. We were lucky to get to this place because the winter weather had made it inaccessible - he has a lot of animals that he rescues - everything from chickens, peacocks, guinea fowl, geese, parrots, cockatoos, kangaroos, koala, horses, lizards, snakes and lovely views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

We had a super experience, feeding kangaroos, cuddling koalas. one of the best place in Australia for Aussie wildlife experience ! we highly recommend this place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

This place is a gem, and is not to be missed if you visit Kangaroo Island. While technically "not open," if you contact them by email you can arrange a tour. This is basically a retirement home for old, injured, orphaned or otherwise unfit-for-the-wild animals. They do some rehab and re-homing, but a lot of the animals are there forever.... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

Visiting Paul's Place was the best thing we did on Kangaroo Island - we had the most authentic wildlife experiences here than anywhere else on the island - the level of access to the wildlife was unbelievable and we left grinning from ear to ear. Technically the wildlife sanctuary was closed when we visited in May, though we called and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016

Paul's place is an amazing, hands on, animal exposure experience, suitable for all ages. I think I saw and touched more animals on that one day then I have over my entire life. Most of the animals are indigenous to Australia, and some to KI. Guaranteed to, if not laugh, make you smile. This is the second time I have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2016

Paul's place is truly one of a kind! I wish them all the luck to be able to reopen because it's the visitors that are really missing out on this amazing experience. It all really starts with Paul -- what a super fun and nice guy whose love for the animals is so endearing. As a generally skiddish person around... More 

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Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2016

You'll get to feed the kangaroos, hold koalas in your arms (you have to pay though for that) and see many other things. Very nice guide too!

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Victor Harbor, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2015

A native wildlife experience you would never forget, we were privileged to have a private visit. We fed kangaroos, emus, a deer and had birds flying around and landing on us, cuddled a Koala and held lizards and had a large snake wrapping itself around us. We had visited before some years ago, then there was no extra charge for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2015

Because the Sanctuary is "temporary closed" (bureaucracy) we called up and ask for a private tour. Paul agree instantly and we had a chance to visit next morning. He gave us a very personal and private tour with a lot of background information. The people bring him all kind of orphan animals or even injured animals from an accident and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2015

Such a great place with so many animals! Paul seems to care a lot about them and he collects hurt animals on the roads too. It felt like a great place to get up and close to the cute and cuddly creatures. No negative feel to it in regard of the wellbeing of the animals.

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