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“Great for getting up close and personal with Tassie wildlife.”

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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$114.49*
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Private South East Food and Scenic Day Trip from Hobart Including the Tasmanian...
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Taranna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The world's first Unzoo project is located at Taranna, Tasmania, about one hour from Hobart and 10kms before Port Arthur. The Unzoo is an innovative and holistic wildlife experience dedicated to showing you the unique animals and plants of Tasmania while taking a lead role in preserving the critically endangered Tasmanian devil. Join our guided wildlife encounters and come face to face with our famous devils and endemic quolls, pademelons, rosellas, kangaroos, possums, frogmouths and birds of prey. More than two km of trails take you through the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden from tall tree forest to the Norfolk Bay seaside. The principle of the Unzoo is to immerse you in our natural environment so, for instance, we have removed our boundary fences so the local wild animals can come and go as they please. Allow two hours for your visit or add an hour for a 4WD research and conservation adventure to see how we are managing the last safe wild Tasmanian devils on Earth. The Unzoo is open every day (except 25 Dec) from 9am. We schedule our wildlife encounters each half hour or so, that's 15 every day.
Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great for getting up close and personal with Tassie wildlife.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

I visited the park in late afternoon between 4pm and 6pm which I found was a great time to visit. There weren't many people left at the park meaning I could see the quoll feedings and the Tassie devil feedings clearly. I found the staff to be very knowledgeable and passionate in what they do. I particularly liked the "devil den." It was great being able to get right up tot he wallabies and kangaroos too. I did think the entry price was a little bit expensive, but when you consider that the entry fee is a donation to saving the Tassie devils, it doesn't seem so bad. Overall, this place is well worth visiting, especially if you are here from overseas and want to get up close to Aussie wildlife.

Visited December 2013
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“Mission Accomplished!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

The park is only a short trip from the Port Arthur site, right on the main road. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We arrived at the park about 3pm and stayed until 5.30pm. They are often open to 6-6.30pm depending on visitors, so this was really handy given the late sunsets. I thought the admission price was appropriate - $79 for a family was great. The main purpose of the visit was to see Tazzy Devils - mission accomplished within about 30seconds! After that we were treated to a bird feeding, quoll feeding, and later the Tazzy Devil feeding. The grounds were quite extensive and there are other animals for the kids to visit, including an open Kangaroo enclosure. I had read all the earlier reviews and felt they were quite harsh. It might not be Australia Zoo, but thats not what the sign says, and when your on a quick holiday, the more things you can fit in the better!

Visited January 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Pricey but good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

I really enjoyed this park. The staff were great and clearly passionate about the work they are doing. If you look at the entry fee as nothing more than the price of admission, it does seem on the expensive side compared to other zoos, wildlife parks etc. I suggest that you consider the work the park is doing and see part of the entry fee as a donation to that. Look at the bigger picture. It's not all about "I pay this much; I should get X in return."

We were lucky to be there when it was quiet; I can see that during the busy season, the viewing area for the devils is probably too restrictive and could lead to disappointment.

Visited December 2013
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“False advertising. ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

How can I convey how dissapointing the day was? I had taken the family here 6 years ago and although it rained ALL day, we had a ball.
Yesterday we arrived to see 'the free flight bird show'. Hmmm, 3 flight? In fact one of the birds can't fly as it has a broken wing - terrible display and the man giving the talk? Mumbling through no sense of fun and clearly was just a local with a love of birds ( clearly didn't like people especially kids). Terrible.

The devil feeding was the same man, again mumbling through, wanting to get away from us all and had no interest in what he was doing.

The park claim to be 'letting nature do it's thing' in certain areas. Having seen this park so long ago, it's clear they are just not interested in clearing and keeping some areas up.

The staff are unfriendly, the birds are in cramped cages and it's extortionate to get in $88 for 3 of us and it took an hour to walk around.
I'm all for keeping things alive but really? Go to the Sydney reptile pRk where they care about Devils and will talk passionately to you for hours and they can tell you all about the terrible cancers these poor animals get ( unlike the man who knew nothing)

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John H, Public Relations Manager at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Thank you for your comment. This situation was unfortunately regrettable. The presenter referred to was part of our holiday staffing and is no longer doing any presentations. We are now using our experienced and very knowledgeable team that earned us a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
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“Disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

I'm sure the operators are trying to do the right thing for the Tasmanian Devils, but the attraction is simply not worth the $79 we were charged.
There aren't many animals to see, those that are there are so used to people they don't behave like they do in the wild.
The staff are friendly enough but they don't have the skills to do a good presentation.
The place has so much potential but falls so short.

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John H, Public Relations Manager at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Thank you for your comment.
This park is part of the Tasman Isolation Project to save the endangered Tasmanian devil species from the fatal Facial Tumour Disease that has killed more than 80% of wild devils.
The project, which is managed by the official Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, aims to maintain and monitor the naturally healthy remnant devil population in the local Tasman Peninsula region which has been isolated by the peculiar geography of the area. This involves setting up and checking wildlife cameras around the surrounding region and later breeding and releasing disease-free devils into the region.
The park's Tasmanian devils, both on-display animals and those held in 10 off-display holding and breeding facilities on neighbouring property, will become part of the local population group.
The chance of success is good and if so the project will result in the only natural wild, isolated, healthy and sustainable devil population anywhere.
The park's contribution is funded by visitor entry fees.
Our greatest challenge perhaps is to make sure we explain this story well.
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