Raptor Domain
Raptor Domain
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Raptor Domain is open 11:00-4:00 daily (Closed Christmas Day). During SA school holidays gates open at 10.30am. We have bird presentations at 11.30am and 2.30pm where visitors can have an up close experience with free-flying birds of prey. Volunteer participation throughout the show allows visitors to interact with a range of birds but visitors can also purchase a ticket to hold a Wedge-tailed Eagle at the end of the presentation. We also have a reptile presentation at 1.00pm where visitors can get up close with a range of reptiles in a safe, educational environment. There is the opportunity to hold snakes and lizards if visitors would like to, but if not, then watching is also encouraged.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Robert K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One on one with the birds.
    We did the one on one show and it was fantastic. The handlers knowledge was exceptional and to see the birds up close and actually have the rest on your arm is amazing. You don't realise how heavy and strong the eagle is until you have one sitting on your arm! Totally experience was great and definitively would be my first port of call if I return to Kangaroo island.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Clive T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Raptor rapture!
    This was absolutely fantastic. Calm, cool educated display of owls, kookaburras, kestrels and eagles. We learned a lot, the kids excited by holding a bird and grandma got close to a beautiful kookaburra. Just how beautiful are birds!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • emmabW4251HK
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely incredible!😄
    We went to the bird show and it was incredible! The children got to hold birds of all sizes and learn about them . There was close up interactive sections which really made you connect with the wildlife. We continued to be wowed by the birds and the keepers caring for them. After going to the show we were inspired to help our local wildlife. I strongly recommend going to this show as it is perfectly friendly for all ages. The people at Raptor Domain clearly take amazing care of the birds.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • JLW
    54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One for lovers of snakes and reptiles
    We went as a group of two families to the reptile show as my child is a snake lover. Informative show which also provided some basic snake safety and first aid tips. Highlights were holding some of the different pythons, blue tongue and shingle back lizards. Kids had a great time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Randall M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Incredible Experience
    This was a genuinely incredible and unforgettable experience, especially with the private session. The staff were fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable. And the birds and reptiles were stunning. We could tell that they were very well cared for and very well loved. We would encourage anyone to include Raptor Domain on their list of activities while visiting Kangaroo Island. And, finances permitting, the private experience is absolutely worth the price. For people of the right mindset, it has the potential to be life-changing. One word of warning: the catering options are extremely limited, with a few sandwiches being the only real food available. We were at the venue from mid-morning to mid-afternoon (attending all of the available sessions). Luckily, we had some food in the car for the fussier family members, but it would have been too easy to be unprepared and find ourselves going without lunch. But that shouldn't put anyone off. This is a truly amazing place, the care and pride taken by the staff are obvious, and it absolutely belongs at the top of the wishlists of any visitors to Kangaroo Island.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
  • GregTrav28
    Orlando, Florida654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    Awesome show for adults and kids alike.  My 3.5year old really enjoyed all the birds even (or especially) when they didn't behave.  The presenters were great and very knowledgeable and my wife and I learned alot from them. It's a fair price for an hour show and if the crowd is small enough you'll get owl time on your lap and maybe let a bird land on your gloved arm.  Absolutely a must stop if you have time in KI.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 1, 2024
  • Mari A
    Sydney, Australia44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful interactive experience
    Getting up close and learning about those beautiful birds of prey was a delightful experience. I had second thoughts about going but I'm so pleased I did. Watching the birds soar and in flight was magical esp the glossy black cockatoo. The owl and eagle (pretty heavy) hold was well worth the experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 16, 2024
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FamilyLove
Adelaide, Australia177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We unfortunately missed the reptile show but the In Flight show was awesome. As a large family group ranging in all ages we all really enjoyed the show and the information about each beautiful bird and what we can do to help keep our birds safe. The experience to hold a wedgetailed eagle was definitely the highlight for most of the group (extra $10 per person). We had a 4yr old with us who didn't want to miss out on a extra hold so they organised to bring out a smaller falcon for her to hold after we had all held the wedgetail.
During the show you get loads of chances to interact with many different birds and the options to say yes or if you'd like the birds to land on your lap. Definitely recommend this one
Written March 17, 2021
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palmsGeorgia
Florida53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We stopped in at the Raptor Domain for the afternoon show after a late morning quad tour and before visiting Little Sahara. It was the perfect stop in between these two activities and we highly recommend it for all ages. We weren’t sure what to expect and were really surprised at how entertaining and educational it was. We had the opportunity for quite a bit of interaction with the birds, which was awesome! The trainers really know the birds and it’s great to see them interact. This is a lovely family run wildlife center, and with the recent fires on the island they are sure to be needing the support.
Written January 26, 2020
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Sue C
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
There was a huge price hike for the private shows when the new owners took over. I hope the money is going to more conservation efforts. I also don’t think the women in the visitor centre/shop area liked our guide as they were making unkind comments about him. Soured the experience a bit. Everyone had been very friendly and competent over phone and email prior to getting there.

Blake knew a lot about the birds he brought out, and I’m sure his confidence will grow as he continues to get more experience. It was very funny when the kookaburras refused to behave and return but he managed it very well. It would have been great if we could have had a few more minutes to make up for this, but timing is tight with the first show so it wasn’t a big hassle.

The birds themselves were amazing and it was a privilege to be so close to them. Definitely a worthwhile experience overall. It was wonderful to see the owls move, and the eagle was so beautiful and heavy!
Written March 5, 2022
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susantY2252BC
Australia127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
It may have been drizzly, but that didn't spoil the viewing from the little barn owl to the beautiful white sea eagle to the majestic wedge tailed eagle. There's the white back magpies' "party trick", the "loud mouthed" squawking black cockatoos, and the ability to wear the leather glove on which a bird can perch for a few minutes. It costs extra to hold the wedge tailed eagle, but you need to be strong to hold this big bird. Grey days can be great for a visit as there are fewer customers. It's good that Raptor Domain is a sanctuary for injured birds. Definitely worth visiting.
Written June 1, 2021
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Leanne M
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The place was very well run. The owner was lovely and very on-point regarding the COVID restrictions, making sure that people didn't bunch up while waiting. When we got to the arena the presenters again made sure that those that knew each other were ok together but moved others if they were too close. Hub and I were alone on a 5 person bench, which was ideal COVID spacing so HATS OFF to them for being so strict with it all.

The presenters were amazing. Their knowledge was great and they clearly loved their birds and their jobs.

I was really impressed how they kept making sure that everyone had an experience with a bird, ensuring that if you didn't get a chance with one bird you could with another. That was very impressive as some places just don't give that level of attention to their audience. Another impressive thing was they kept ensuring people got their photo. "Did you get your photo?" they'd ask before taking the bird back. Simply great!! Or making sure the bird was facing the right way for the photo so the audience member got the best image they could.

Paid a measly $10 more and had the chance to hold a Wedged-Tailed Eagle. So worth it. Would have paid more so was surprised it was so well priced.

The owner should be happy with her staff and her whole show and shop. Simply the best thing on the island in my opinion!!
Written December 30, 2020
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CarlandLynnette
Vincentia, Australia34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is a great, interactive, way to learn about certain bird species. The whole thing is done outside (after a short walk from the entry point). This gives the birds plenty of room to show off their stuff.
While they are flying around, zipping between the crowd, or sitting on your lap, the staff is giving you a very informative run down on their life and their activities.
The hour went so quick, with plenty of photo ops, and time to ask questions, it ended with some close up time with a small (relatively) Australian Wedge Tail Eagle.
Another Kangaroo Iskand must do.
Written October 26, 2020
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Sam T
Adelaide, Australia94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Whilst waiting for the morning show we were fascinated by the wrens in the native plants surrounding the buildings. The Birds of Prey show was very informative. The birds are in great condition and the flight demonstrations really highlighted how amazing the birds are. When the presenters walked around with the birds on their arms the feather colourings and detail were impressive. It was also good as were able to identify birds we later saw in the wild from what we saw in the show.
Written April 4, 2020
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Fortheloveoftravel22
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Even though my husband & I have mild phobias concerning birds we thoroughly enjoyed the show and gained respect for these amazing & majestic creatures. The guides present the birds in a very informative & fun way. It was an amazing experience.
Written June 19, 2020
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Luceti
Adelaide, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I’ve been coming to KI for years but had never made it to the Birds of Prey. Recently decided to take a couple of grandkids there (7 and 2) sooo pleased I did!
Seated in the front row of the outside display area, we were treated to an amazing display of various sized birds flying, swooping and performing for their very knowledgeable trainers ..there is an obvious affection between trainers and birds. Highlights were being able to stroke a Harry Potter type owl seated on my lap, and having a huge wedge tailed eagle perch on my arm. The kids were captivated throughout the show.. even the 2 yr old.
Make sure you sit in the front row if you want to participate.
Written January 29, 2020
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AvanteAlways
Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We did both talks, the birds and the snakes. The presenter made sure everyone got to hold or touch one of the animals, and it wasn’t just skewed towards children, even us oldies got a go. They also kept the talking while this happened, with very interesting information, so you were never bored. Highly recommend .
Written April 29, 2021
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