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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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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.
Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2010

Called in on our way to Port Arthur and spent a couple of hours here.There are a lot of improvements going on and when they are finished will greatly inhance the park. Make sure you arrive in time to see the devils being fed and lend a hand with the feeding of the kangeroos and wallabies.The dedicated staff are doing a fantastic job in maintaining a cancer free population of devils.Lets hope that a cafe is included in the improvements as this would have been most welcome.

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“great things to come...a place worth supporting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2010

yes, the $28 entry seemed a bit expensive, but after our time at the tasmanian devil conservation park we walked away with such amazing experiences.we were impressed with the opening of alot of new areas at this private conservation area. the staff who do the presentations were all very friendly and gave a very personalised tour... the guy in all the advertising for the park did a fantastic bird show. the devils were all out very active, we got some awesome photos and really enjoyed seeing them gulp down some food! i loved the devils displayed in the farmyard, they live in an old farm shed... very clever idea! we also got a great chance to hand feed the forester kangaroos and the little pademelons (funny named wallabies). the park doesn't have a cafe so we went down the road for lunch, but were able to go back to the park afterwards. the park could imporve its map which was a bit confusing and some more signage would have been helpful, but overall it is a great place to visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Okay but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

We were on the way back from Port Arthur one day and we thought we'd stop in at the Tasmanian Devil Park. The owners are trying to do the right thing here with the Tasmanian Devils by setting up this conservation park for them and protecting them from the horrible cancer that is currently wiping out the wild population of Tasmanian Devils, but when I left the park I couldn't help but feel a little bit ripped off that there were only 4 or 5 Devils living in the park (or at least that were on display at the time we visited in February 2010). I kind of felt like there should have been something more to the park. But I had never seen a Tasmanian Devil before and so I was glad that I did visit the park. I found the feeding interesting and it was so cute to see the Devils pulling their food and they are just so cute and sweet to look at. But I was really disappointed when I asked the guide if the Devils had names and was told that they they don't give the Devils names. All the zoos around the world name their big draw-card animals like their pandas, elephants and giraffes, so why don't these poor little Devils deserve names?!

After the feeding, we walked around to the bird show area where 5 or 6 birds demonstrated their flying skills and abilities to the audience. The birds displayed are very smart and very well trained and the show was quite enjoyable - there were a few laughs and a bit of audience participation and everyone was thoroughly entertained.

Then after the bird show we walked around to see the kangaroos. You can basically walk right up to the kangaroos and touch them, they are quite tame. But again I was disappointed because there were no feed stations where you could grab a handful of kangaroo pellets from and feed them. Every other wildlife park in Australia has a place where you can purchase a small bag of pellets and hand-feed the kangaroos.

While I would recommend the Tasmanian Devil Park at Port Arthur to any tourists, I'm not sure that this park is really a "must-see" for tourists right now. Perhaps in 2-3 years when it has grown a bit.

Thank Sarah2007Sydney
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Expensive way to see devils”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2010

We have seen plenty of animal parks so far around Australia. The entry of 28 A-$ does not include any food for feeding the animals (particular the Kangaroos & Wallabies). No feeding is offered at all and the feeding for the devils took just about 2-3 Minutes and was not very spectacular. The sercie on the reception was not very friendly.

Thank Caipimichl
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