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“Worth a visit...even for Australians!”

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
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Kangaroo Island Wildlife Day Trip from Adelaide...
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Seddon
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is a fun day out for all ages! Hand feed kangaroos, touch and hold koalas, see Penguins play, slither in and see our reptiles and get up close with many of our beautiful Australia native animals. Take a stroll at your own pace, join our guided tour or come along to our interactive animal displays. Stay for morning tea or lunch and enjoy our lovely cafe and coffee. The park has new owners since late 2013, so if you have visited before then be sure to come back and see all our changes.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've never been one who would choose to visit a wildlife park, however being a Guide for a Lodge on KI I had to take some American Guests who were keen to cuddle a Koala. The experience changed my perception forever. The park has a great range of animals and the staff happily take the time to answer questions and really let you interact with the animals. I was so impressed that when my daughter visited recently it was on my must do list with her. The entry fee won't break the bank & the extra $10 to cuddle a Koala was money well spent. I would definitely recommend a visit...even if you are an Aussie!!

1  Thank Jenny C
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

I was hesitant to visit this place after reading the negative reviews. We planned to visit Paul's place but he was closed while we were visiting kangaroo island, so it was this or miss out on close interaction with native Australian animals. I'll be the first to acknowledge that holding a koala or feeding a kangaroo or wallaby is not a "natural" wildlife experience. But when you're a tourist, this is often one of the best or only ways to get close to animals. In that respect, holding the koala and feeding the kangaroos were wonderful experiences from a visitor's point of view. I hand fed a white rhino and a giraffe on a tour at San Diego wild animal park, so I can't imagine that feeding or interacting with animals by itself is that destructive otherwise no zoos would do it, but clearly I'm not an expert on the subject.

We were informed by the personnel supervising our interaction experience with the koalas (yes, we were watched the whole time to ensure a safe experience for us and the koala) that they are trying to build new enclosures for the animals. She also said that most of the animals were rescued and unable to return to the wild. A sign said fees paid to hold the koala would go to a new enclosure for them. I don't know if it's true but none of the animals seemed actively distressed or poorly cared for from what we could tell as visitors. The kangaroos and wallabies that wanted nothing to do with us simply hopped away and there was plenty of space for them to get some distance. Most of the others hopped right up over to us for a bite to eat. there were no foul smells that I noticed. The koala was so comfortable he started drifting off to sleep while my husband held him. I certainly agree bigger and newer enclosures are in order for many of the animals. Better signage would be nice as well.

As there has been a change of owners in the last year I hope the new owners will make any necessary changes for the well being of the animals. I would also like to note that they now gladly accept credit cards at the front entry for tickets and kangaroo food purchase. I did not see a cranky old lady anywhere during our visit.

So, in my non-expert opinion, this place could use some upgrades but it's a nice place to visit and would be great for kids. Holding the koala and feeding the kangaroos will be treasured memories. I can't comment on comparison to Paul's place as we were unable to visit it.

1  Thank LoveTheSunshine82
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

This was a nice place to visit and is under new management with a new name change. Lots of interesting animals and very friendly kangaroo's that you can hand feed. Well worth a look if you are on the island.

1  Thank Wayne S
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

We visited the park with our young children (5 and 3) who both had a great time. There were many fantastic photo opportunities, particularly feeding the kangaroos.
- lots of kangaroos for the children to feed. Save lots of food for the ones out the back behind the fence though, they seem to want it more than the ones in the open area
- lots of variety of animals and birds to see including eagles, ducks, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, a crocodile, echidna and several others.
- some of the cages are very outdated and don't leave the birds enough space, particularly the parrots
- they seemed to oversell the 'hold the koala' tickets and it seemed the poor koalas were getting too handled. Obviously this is an important money maker for the park but needs to be moderated a bit more.

Overall it is a great park though and as it is open all day, leaves lots of time to wander and enjoy the animals. The children in particular loved being able to see everything up close.

1  Thank psboll
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

This park is great for people wanting to see Australia's beautiful wildlife up close and personal. The young couple who took over the park less than a year ago are lovely. I highly recommend going to the Koala Interaction Sessions which are free and you can go in with the koalas and pat them.

Also for $10 per person you can hold a koala or a snake and get your photo taken with them. I recommend this too because it's amazing!

Great place for kids, they will love hand feeding the kangaroos!
Long story short, this is an amazing place!

1  Thank ZooGirl101
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