Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane
The name originates from a lone hoop pine that had been planted by the Clarkson family, the first owners of the 4.6 hectare site. The sanctuary began with two koalas called Jack and Jill.
Wildlife in the sanctuary includes: Koalas, Kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Echidnas, and various species of Reptiles, as well as a Platypus which arrived at the sanctuary during 2010 from Melbourne. The sanctuary is one of the very few sanctuaries in the world where visitors are actually allowed to hold koalas for a fee. Strict regulations ensure that each koala is not held for more than thirty minutes every day. Visitors can also feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos in the five acre open-plan kangaroo reserve, where more than 130 of the animals freely reside. Kangaroos are sometimes seen with a joey in their pouch. There are also many colourful Australian Parrots and Cockatoos, as well as other Australian birds such as Kookaburras, Emus, Cassowarys among others. Free flying Rainbow Lorikeets fly to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for the specially prepared nectar meals at the sanctuary.
Visitors can feed the lorikeets directly twice a day. Twice a day there is a bird of prey show with several kinds of raptors showing off their speed agility and keen eyesight. The Tasmanian Devils are fed in the afternoon. ‘Koala Forest’ is a large koala enclosure with over 30 koalas surrounding the customers. Koalas there are fed mid-morning and mid-afternoon. If you get there around then, you can see them jumping from branch to branch in their hurry to eat the best, fresh gum leaves. As well as being a wildlife sanctuary, there is a small ‘farm’, with “Sheep Dog Shows“.
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