Kangaroos, Koalas, and Crocs, Oh my!

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, June 11, 2010

In Australia there are many different types of habitats. Today we travelled up the coast of Queensland along the Captain Cook Highway to the rainforest.  Along the way, we stopped at the Rainforest Habitat, an enclosed space where animals are able to roam around naturally.  They taught us about three different habitats in the area: rainforest, grassland, and wet tropics.  We saw a sample of the animal life that lives in these different habitats.  In the wet tropics, we saw a lot of really interesting birds, including a cassowary.  The cassowary is a beautiful bird, with a bright blue head and a shiny black body, but it has an ugly black hump on top of its head!  The cassowary is very important around here.  If it were to die out, several species of plant life would also die because the cassowary helps the plants reproduce. It is also the world's most dangerous bird!  It is larger than a third grader and has a powerful claw.  If it gets mad at you, it will claw you and possibly kill you. We also saw koalas!  These little animals look soft and cuddly and really cute.  They look like a little bear, but are actually marsupials, mammals that carry their young in a pouch.   Ms. Thompson and Mrs. Swearingen both got to actually hold a koala.  Its fur was very thick, almost like a sheep, and it was very smelly.  He stared right into our eyes and then the people working there took our picture with it.  It was very exciting!  We would have loved to spend more time with the koala.  In the grasslands, we got to hang out with the kangaroos, even a joey, a baby kangaroo.  We saw a whole bunch of big crocodiles too!  We were careful not to get too close!
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