THINGS TO DO: Enjoy a fun, educational, animal-packed day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!

04 August 2016
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has so much to offer wildlife lovers of all ages.

Blinky Bill

The residents of Green Patch are preparing for the Big Party to celebrate the arrival of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s newest addition, the V.I.A. (Very Important Animal). However not everyone in Green Patch is excited about this new addition and on its arrival to Green Patch Station, the Currumbin Express train is ambushed by the sneaky, shifty, scheming Cat, who steals the wildlife crate containing the V.I.A. Fortunately, Blinky Bill and his best mate Nutsy arrive on the scene and the real adventure begins. Wildlife to the Rescue sings and dances it way through the quest of saving the missing V.I.A., in an exciting, action packed show for the entire family.

For more details about the Blink Bill show, click here.

Feed the crocodiles

Boss Hog is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s resident male saltwater crocodile – weighing approximately 800 kilograms! – and is almost five meters in length. Boss Hog was caught in the wild in the mid 1980’s from far north Queensland after he killed a Brahman stud bull worth over $10,000. Boss Hog now gets smaller meals which allows for one lucky daily guest to feed him. Be sure to find out more about our Croc Feeding encounter. (Croc feeding schedules may vary during the winter months. Please see Visitor Services Desk for on the day updates.)

For more details about the Croc Feeding encounter, click here.

Rainbow lorikeets

The sanctuary was established in 1947 by beekeeper and flower grower Alex Griffiths, who began feeding the region’s wild lorikeets to prevent them from ravaging his prized blooms. The feeding of the colourful lorikeets soon developed from a local curiosity to a popular tourist attraction. Every day guests can come feed these wild lorikeets and enjoy the spectacle of dozens of rainbow-coloured birds landing on their heads and arms.

For more details about the rainbow lorikeets, click here.

Wombats

Although mainly crepuscular (active around twilight) and nocturnal, wombats also venture out to feed on cool or overcast days. They are not commonly seen, but leave ample evidence of their passage, treating fences as minor inconveniences to bulldoze through or under, and leaving distinctive cubic faeces. Two Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats call Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary home. They scurry out of their burrow each afternoon around 2.15pm to feast on a variety of vegetables and pellet mix.

For more information about the wombats, click here.

Eagle encounter

Meet our biggest superstar, Jessie the Wedge Tailed Eagle. This photo opportunity will test your strength as you come face to face with the King of the Australian skies. You will feel the strength and experience the majesty of this iconic species. This is something that must be ticked off the bucket list of any animal lover.

For more information about the eagle encounter, click here.

Saltwater crocodiles

Learn more about the saltwater crocodile. Also known as a saltie, estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, it is the largest of all living reptiles. The males of this species can reach sizes of over 6 meters and some unconfirmed reports indicate salties as large as 8 meters in length may exist. As its name implies, this crocodile can be found in saltwater, but usually resides in mangrove swamps, estuaries, deltas, lagoons and lower stretches of rivers. There is a healthy number of saltwater crocodiles living in the northern parts of Australia and they play a vital role in these wetland ecosystems.

For more information about the saltwater crocodiles, click here.

Cassowary

What do they look like? The Southern Cassowary is the largest bird found in Australia standing up to 2 metres in height. With a large robust dark feathered body and bright bluish/purple head and neck and bright red wattle this animal is easily recognizable. They have a horny helmet or casque on their head which is used for communication between individuals, enabling them to transmit very low frequency sound. Where do they live? Cassowaries inhabit the tropical north of Australia and PNG.

For more information about the cassowary, click here.

Feed the kangaroos

Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. Being a marsupial, female kangaroos have a pouch, in which joeys complete postnatal development. When born, a joey is very small, approximately the size of a jellybean. Immediately after birth, the tiny newborn joey climbs up through the mother’s fur until it reaches her pouch, which it enters and then attaches itself to a teat. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a large walk-through paddock where a variety of kangaroos and wallabies laze, feeding on pellets hand-fed by our guests.

For more information about feeding the kangaroos, click here.

Research and conservation

Research and conservation are at the forefront of everything at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the new Kids on Conservation Trail, launching August 6, has been crafted to be fun while educating children and parents on the variety of conservation projects and wildlife breeding programs undertaken by the teams at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Young guests will embark on an adventure which sees them follow footprints to 12 locations across the park. At each location they’ll collect a stamp, learn about an endangered animal, or discover more about a conservation program, and continue on the trail. One of the highlights will be visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and seeing the vets in action. At the end of the trail the kids will receive a small gift to take home.

For more information about the Kids on Conservation Trail, click here.

Koalas

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary currently has 54 koalas in our captive population. In addition to being one of the only Queensland destinations that allows people to cuddle a koala, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary also allows access to the onsite hospital. This facility treats over 250 koalas every year, brought in by the local community. In 2014, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant to continue their well-recognised efforts in saving local koalas.

People can generously donate to the hospital by purchasing a paver for the well-publicised “Walkways for Wildlife”, for which 100% of proceeds go to the protection and rehabilitation of injured and sick koalas.

For more information about the koalas, click here.

Echidna encounter

Come and meet these gorgeous sticky beak egg laying mammals and enjoy an up close interactive experience with Australia’s favourite icons. Our short-beaked echidnas will enjoy your company as much as you do theirs. Each has a personality that is unique and entertaining. Our prickly little echidna may even decide to feed from your hand with their long tongue or crawl over you.

For more information about the echidna encounter, click here.

Free Flight Bird Show

National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary presents the Free Flight Bird Show! Meet some of Australia’s most beautiful species of birds from our largest bird in flight, the Australian pelican, to our colourful parrots, birds of prey, endangered species and the majestic wedge-tailed eagle. Marvel at the beauty of these incredible creatures as they free-fly across the audience in a wonderful display set against the Sanctuary’s natural environment. Make sure you hang around to have your photo taken with a bird of prey at the end of the show!

For more information about the Free Flight Bird Show, click here.

Want to find out more about Currumbin Wildlife Centre? Read about their new Kids on Conservation Trail.

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