★ Sydney WildLife Zoo – Part 2

Continued from Part 1!
(Link Below)
In Part 1, we saw some wallaby, koala bears, snakes & a cassowary plus much more! Today, we continue with our walk in Darling Harbour: Australia – inside Sydney WildLife Zoo!
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-Part 2-
 
KANGAROO WALKABOUT
Kangaroo Walkabout??
This zone showcases eastern grey kangaroos, agile wallabies and some are baby joeys too!
 
Together with echidnas and princess parrots, as well as being the stage for the interactive wildlife show and python encounters.
 
Get closer than ever before!
 
The newly-themed enclosure has literally pushed out the old boundaries and allows guests to ‘walkabout’ in a large section of the area where the wallabies and kangaroos are free to roam – so don’t be surprised if they hop on up to say hello!
 
These wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas were raised from babies by people, so are well accustomed to human company and even interacting.
 
The best of both worlds
 
Echidnas – always cute!
The new Kangaroo Walkabout enclosure has been carefully constructed around the needs of these animals, with plenty of features to enrich their day-to-day lives, as well as provide shade and shelter when needed.
 
Emu!!
It allows guests to have an intimate experience when the animals come up close, and also see them wherever they are in the enclosure – even when they move away from the outdoor interactive area!
 
What are you lookin’ at?!
This is one of my favorite areas, inside Sydney’s WildLife Zoo!
 
GREY KANGAROO
See eastern grey kangaroos in the open-air Kangaroo Walkabout enclosure.
Grey Kangaroos at Sydney Wildlife zoo
As cities along the east coast expand into forests and woodlands, eastern grey kangaroos are coming into increasing contact with people.
They are found across a broad range of climates from Cape York to Tasmania. The further south you travel, the larger they are – and the smaller their ears and tail, get!
 
 
They spend most of the day under cover of woodlands and forest but come out to graze a few hours before sunset and feed throughout the night, they then return to cover a few hours after sunrise.
This guy here’s a beauty to watch!
If alarmed, they strike the ground with their feet with an almighty ‘kathump’, which signals to the predator that it has been spotted and to other kangaroos that danger is close by. 
 
 
AGILE WALLABY
Agile Wallabies are the most common wallabies found across the north of Australia.
Agile Wallaby – cute, small & FAST!
Agile Wallabies prefer to live along rivers and streams in open forest and grassland and are very common in Tropical Australia.
They feed mostly on native grasses, but also eat leaf litter, flowers and fruits in the dry season. Their habit of feeding on crops and pastures has sometimes seen them being declared a pest by farmers.
 
They grow to an average height of 800mm for males and up to 650mm for the females…And they stomp their feet when threatened!
 
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KAKADU GORGE
The Kakadu Gorge enclosure replicates one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. 
 
Inhabitants include ferocious Saltwater Crocodiles – one of the largest in the world, together with deadly death adders and huge water buffalos, too!
 
Roar!! Meet the descendant of the once mighty: T-Rex!
Marvel at the endless variety of the Northern Territory’s Top End landscape, ranging from deep gorges and grasslands to floodplains and estuary flats. 
The Top End is a monsoonal area, which means there are only two seasons, wet and dry – and they live up to their names!
 
Wow!! That’s the BIGGEST crocodile I’ve ever seen my entire life!
The dry season runs from May to September, during which humidity is low and rain stays away. This is followed by two months of what locals call the ‘build-up’, where thunderstorms roll in and the Top End records more lightning strikes than any other place on the planet. 
 
Then begins the wet season – the heat is ceaseless and water rules the landscape with sudden billabongs and waterfalls appearing out nowhere… just like magic.
 
And this is my number 1 spot & top favorite habitat in Sydney WildLife Zoo!
 
Kakadu Gorge – (one of it’s many inhabitants) !
I simple these crocs!!
SALTWATER CROCODILE
Rex is the HUGE 5 meter Saltwater Crocodile – one of the biggest in the world, in fact – who lives here at Sydney WildLife Zoo, on Darling Harbour.
 
The terrifying Saltwater Crocodile is an amazing creature.
“Meet Rex – He was named after his Grandfather” !
It’s the largest reptile in the world, measuring over six meters from tip to tail and weighing up to a mind-boggling 1200 kilograms. 
 
The resident saltwater crocodile here is one of the bigger ones – at over five meters long!
Saltwater crocs or salties – are also known as Estuarine Crocodiles or Indopacific Crocodiles because they can live happily in both salt water and fresh water environments.
 
The crocodile is a patient, clever hunter, waiting by the riverbank with only its nostrils and eyes above the water, ready to pounce on anything unlucky enough to come close!
Their green-grey color means they are perfectly camouflaged under the water, and they can hold their breath for over two hours!
 
He’s so handsome, I wouldn’t mess with him!
They can feast on anything including cattle and water buffalo, grasping them with their fearsome teeth and performing the incredible ‘death roll’, where they spin their bodies around to drown their prey and rip pieces off!
 
Are you ready to be devoured?
 



PERENTIE
The fearsome perentie is Australia’s largest lizard measuring over 2 meters long!
 
 
Sydney WildLife Zoo is where two perenties: Jasper and Prudence, call home. 
Perentie
Found some interesting notes about them on the signboards!
 
Jasper is the quiet achiever. He’s a gentleman who will happily share his food, and whilst he is a gentle giant, he is also very dignified and walks with his head held high. He’s a lizard’s lizard, and always loved by the keepers. 
 
Prue, on the other hand, is a bit of a snob, and very skittish. She is a bit of a diva, and is a high maintenance female.
Perenties are excellent predators with razor sharp teeth and huge claws, and will feed on almost anything they can overpower. Their teeth are designed for holding, not chewing, so they eat their food whole, throwing it down their throat.
 
These huge lizards live around rocky outcrops, gorges and sandy ridges. They dig extensive burrows with their powerful front legs and claws.
 
“Eat this!”
 
“Nay, this seems more palatable!”
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NIGHTFALL
Discover the weird and wonderful creatures that venture out after dark at the Nightfall habitat. 
Including the ‘vampire’ ghost bat and brush tail possum!
 
Have you ever heard something spooky go “bump” in the night? Well, what if you heard a slither, a skitter, a swoop or a twitter? The soft fall of a paw… then the ominous click of a claw? 
 
Devil incarnate
And what if you weren’t home in bed with a light switch handy, but in the middle of a sandy, moonlit plain with gleaming animal eyes tracking your every move?
 
The weirdest and most wonderful creatures venture out after all the other animals have gone to bed – some want to escape the heat of the midday sun, while others know the best meals are had late at night.
 
But all – have unique adaptations to find their way around, from the echolocation of bats to the bilby’s pin-sharp ears and keen sense of smell.
 
And it’s easy to guess how the tiny, mouse-like dunnart finds its way around, with its huge eyes and long, sensitive whiskers helping it find beetles, grubs and larvae.
 
“I see yoooooou” !
 
BILBY
You’ll discover bilbies scurrying around in the dark in the Nightfall nocturnal habitat zone at Sydney WildLife Zoo.
 
The beautiful greater bilby is a shy little creature, preferring to hide in its spiral-shaped burrow during the day and only coming out at night. 
 
Mousedeer or Bilby?
Even though they look cute with their long ears, pointy nose, crested tail and lovely soft blue-grey fur, they’re tough and have many adaptations to help them survive their home range of arid semi-desert environments and shrub lands in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
 
Bilbies dig spiral burrows with their stout forelegs and strong claws, and then seal the entrance with dirt behind them.
 
Bilbies eat both plants and insects and never need to drink because they get all the water they need from their food. 
 
They have excellent hearing and a keen sense of smell to help them track down their dinner, using their long tongues to slurp up insect larvae, spiders, seeds, fungi and grasses.
 
Nationally, the greater bilby is on the brink of extinction and is listed as a vulnerable species on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation. 
 
Habitat degradation and predation by other creatures – are responsible for this species decline.
 
Australian Wildlife Conservancy has created the largest feral free area on mainland Australia at Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary, located far away from here – in outback NSW.
GHOST BATS
With their leathery wings, mouse like bodies and nocturnal habits, it’s no wonder so many people think Bats are spooky creatures of the night, just waiting to turn into a vampire! 
 
By the light of day they are as beautiful as any other animal – Australia’s 75 species of bat have some surprises in store, but none of them are frightening!
Ghost Bat(s)!
Bats are the only type of mammal that flies, which is how they found their way to Australia. Bats are split into two groups, Megabats and Microbats. 
 
Megabats tend to be larger, feed on fruit and nectar, and include the Fruit bats you can often see in and around Sydney. Microbats love to gobble insects and find their way at night with the help of “echolocation” which means they emit high-pitched sounds and listen for the echoes back with their sensitive ears.
The amazing Ghost Bat is a microbat – and it’s well-named with its white-furred belly giving it a ghostly appearance as it glides on nearly see-through wings.
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BUGS GARDEN
Step into Bugs Garden and discover the amazing world of creepy crawlies!
Bugs are the most successful animal on the planet. They can be found at the deepest depths of the ocean, to the top of the highest mountain and everywhere in between.
 
Bugs are vital for our world to survive doing the important jobs like pollinating plants and removing waste.
 
The bugs that live in our gardens have been around for about 540 million years! They came out of the water onto land around 400 million years ago, and were the first creatures to fly back then, around 300 million years ago! 
 
Humans didn’t show up on Earth until 100,000 years ago- so bugs have been here five thousand times longer than us!
SPIDERS
Discover a range of native Aussie spiders, including red-backs and the Sydney funnel-web spiders in the Bugs Garden exhibit!
 
Got the creepy crawlies? You’re not alone! Arachnophobia, or a fear of spiders and other arachnids, is one of the most common phobias in the world.
Unfortunately for these sufferers, spiders are abundant and wide spread around the world, and despite being small, their presence is often shown through their amazing webs.
 
Spiders build their webs in a range of shapes and sizes, and some spiders don’t build webs at all! The webs they build are ideal for where they live and what prey they are trying to catch. The different types are funnel webs, orb webs, tangle webs and sheet webs, all built by different species of spider. Webs are usually built at night and then may be repaired two or three times during the day.
When the web needs to be repaired, did you know that the spider will eat the silk and start again!?
 
Arachnids are the second largest group of arthropods and they all have eight legs, two segments to their bodies, and eat flesh! The other members of this group are scorpions, mites and ticks. 
 
Of all the thousands of Australian arachnids, only three have bites that are potentially capable of causing death. These are the funnel-web spider, the red back spider, and the paralysis tick.
 
BEES
The European Honey Bee was introduced to many countries for the production of honey and pollination of crops. Originally from Eastern Africa, Bee domestication can be dated back to the Egyptian empire back in the 16th Century AD.
Buzzzzzzzzzzy Beezzzz!
Honey Bees are social insects living in hive with up to 80,000 individuals! 
 
There is one Queen, who lays up to 2000 eggs each day! Then, there are around 75,000 female workers who collect and store the nectar, pollen and also build and repair the hive.
 Finally, there are between 300-3000 male drones who are kept for mating with the Queen.

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