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“Perfect Introduction to Australian Animals for Kids”

Caversham Wildlife Park
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We visited the Park with my 4 year old daughter. Although it was a terribly hot day, we had a super day...especially the experience in the marquet tent where you get to meet a wombat, a possum, lorikeet, skink, snake, etc.

My daughter's favourite was walking amongst the kangaroo's and feeding them and giving them a tentative pat. I reckon that was her highlight. We also got to see koalas up close and personal which was fab. What is also nice is when it is such a hot day - at Whiteman Park (same carpark..just across the way)...there is a paddling pool..so my daughter could have a splash about while we ate our packed sandwiches.

Great day out - highly recommend.

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

A fabulous intimate park, where you can wander around (wheelchair accessible) and see almost all of the most favourite wildlife...We started out in the middle of the day, which next time I would not do as in the heat of the day the birds and animals are all trying to lie or sleep in shade as they do in the wild...earlier morning is the best time but probably more crowded..we went during the weeke and not during school holidays....none the less it did not deter us from enjoying the hands on experience and learning from the extremely friendly staff. Here you can see all kinds of native birds including owls and one predetry bird...onto the reptiles..blue tongue lizards and large monitors then walking through the kangaroo enclosure, you can get pellet food which is crushed up grass and feed the kangaroos, their joeys and a few wallabies and wallaroos...the kangaroos where mainly red and white(not true albino's)and a few grays..as it was the middle of the day and very hot most were lying down, but you could approach them and some where very eager to be hand feed and petted...then we made our way to the hands on education area, where we were taught about kookaburra's, black cockatoo's, owls and other birds..blue tongued and stubby tailed lizards...then onto brush tailed possums which you were allowed to brush your hand on their tails..onto the black headed snake which you could touch and hold but not its head LOL!!..finally having a picture with a large male wombat that the keeper was cuddling..it looked awkward maybe even uncomfortable to the wombat but he is used to being handled this way by his keeper..how else can you hold such a heavy animal..again you could pet it...the staff were again very helpful not only in their knowledge of each particular animal or bird but also taking pictures for you with your own camera or smart phone...unlike other places where they take the pics and you have to buy them...then finally onto the Koala area...we arrived after the crowd had gone and had the koala's and staff all to ourselves and was able to get up close and personal and pat these lovely creatures..again more questions answered thoroughly, even by junior staff....everyone there cared so much for the animals, birds and snakes...you were told where you could and how to touch and pet them..and the reasons why...I can not praise the park and the staff highly enough...there were clean facilities, a large picnic area under cover and a beautiful shop...will definitely come back here to show OS visitors our beautiful and unique wildlife and also native flora..a fantastic experience!

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We recently visited Caversham wildlife park as part of our last day in Perth. We really just did it as we didn't know what else to do to pass the time and this was an option someone had recommended to us.
When we arrived, the staff were friendly and we got out map and went on our way around the park. We first went to the kangaroos. They seemed lethargic and very sad. There were albino kangaroos which are rare in the wild, they are breeding them here which doesn't seem right. The albino kangaroo I fed was struggling to move and see and grabbed my hand almost like it was desperate for help. I felt very sorry for it.

Then we went to see the wombat and friends show. This is a show where you get to touch the animals and have a photo with them. It seemed like the birds were very tame sitting on their perches with the hundreds of tourists surrounding them and making a lot of noise. Then we realised that they were tied to their perches, and they looked very sad and trapped. One bird tried to fly away and was almost shaking when it was returned to its perch by a keeper. The wombat was being held uncomfortably by its keeper and looked exhausted, sleeping for the majority of the time. As these are nocturnal animals this would be what it should be doing, not being paraded in front of tourists and having flashes fired off in front of its face and being poked by children. Most of the animals in there looked rather sad and it would have been nicer if the whole experience wasn't so tailored to cater to tourists.. it felt like they were encouraging people to see animals as cuddly stuffed toys, not wild animals.

We visited the private wildlife park in phillip island recently and that was much better. You could still get plenty of interaction with the animals and hand feed them, but they were running freely on large reserves. There was no one manhandling them for your entertainment. and they weren't trapped for people to poke at. The animals at Phillip island were much more lively and very curious, so they came to visit you of their own accord.

Caversham Wildlife Park needs to learn from this model and treat its animals a lot better.

5  Thank jj a
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

If you visit Perth and want a leisurely walk with nice grounds and plenty of animals to see then you should head to Caversham Wildlife Park. The focus of this park is animals native to Austalia and you can get up close and personal with many of them. Take your own picnic or eat in the restaurant at a reasonable price.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

If you come to Perth you may realise there isn't thousands of things to do. No mater who comes to visit me in Australia i always take them to Caversham. No matter how much of an adult you are you always end up feeling like a kid. The staff are helpful and kind and the animals way to cute. Great place to get hands on with the animals and see Australian wildlife..

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