Day 35 - Hobart (Tasmania)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Todays adventure is to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (pronounced “Bon-a-rong” - Aboriginal meaning “Native Companion”) which is a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife. Our main reason to go is to see Tasmanian Devils which we are fairly unlikely to see in the wild.

We are given two brown bags of food for the kangaroos in the park. The only instruction we are given is hold your hand flat and they love being tickled on their tummies. We enter the park and they are literally lying around us on the grass, wow! Emma and Dylan head to feed the first one. We can hardly believe we are feeding and playing with a kangaroo, they are so soft and friendly. Rich and Taya feed another couple of kangaroos. We then take instruction from Dylan about which one should be fed next, Emma feeds them and Dylan strokes them. We even find one with a little joey in its pouch, adorable. We tear ourselves away from the kangaroos and onto something not quite so cute - the Tasmanian Devils. Gosh these things are ugly!

Thanks google for some more info on the little devils - The Tasmanian Devil is a carnivorous marsupial, now found in the wild only on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, it became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world following the extinction of the thylacine in 1936. It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian Devil's large head and neck allow it to generate amongst the strongest bite per unit body mass of any extant mammal land predator, and it hunts prey and scavenges carrion as well as eating household products if humans are living nearby. Although it usually is solitary, it sometimes eats with other devils and defecates in a communal location. Unlike most other dasyurids, the devil thermoregulates effectively and is active during the middle of the day without overheating. Despite its rotund appearance, the devil is capable of surprising speed and endurance, and can climb trees and swim across rivers.

The Tassie Devils are facing extinction from Devil Facial Tumour disease so much of the talk about them is to educate people into how to help save them. We also see them feeding on an animal leg by tearing the meat with their huge teeth. Not an animal we say we are particularly fond of but very pleased to have seen them.

We also see a lovely baby wombat and some cute koalas and listen to talks from their keepers.

Next stop is a town called Kempton for no other reason than the name. Then onto Richmond,   Australia's finest preserved Georgian Village. We have a cream tea, then have lots of fun at the brown playground.

Dylan has recently wanted to know everyone's name, and if they are children, how old they are. Fed up with telling him for the millionth time that we don't know them, we encouraged him to go and ask them. Had to smile when we watch him strike up a conversation with another little lad asking him his name, age and where he was from - Hudson, 3, Hobart and Dylan Jasper Kempton, 2 and a half, England, but at the moment we are just travelling.

He is growing up so fast. Tonight for the second night running when asked who he wants to go in the shower with, "is it ok if I just go all by myself, because I really like that", so cute watching him in the shower getting himself clean ready for a dinner date with Rich.
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Grandad Ian on

Hey guys, Richmond looks so olde worlde picturesque.

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