It’s been almost a month since my last blog post. I have been very busy with my research. After my proposal defense 2 weeks back, I took off for Singapore then visited my family back in the Philippines. Now, I’m back here in the Garden City/Singapore and finally had time updating my blog with the remaining photos from our Sydney trip.
Last time, I overloaded my post with cute photos of kangaroos and wallabies. This time, I want to dedicate this post to another well-loved Aussie mascot, the koala.
It is illegal to cuddle or hold a koala in Victoria and New South Wales because these cuddly creatures get easily stressed unless you are a trained caretaker. In Featherdale, one koala kept hopping out of its shelter and climbing out of fences. To distract her, the keeper placed her in a tree branch and allowed us to take photos and gently pat her on the head. She eventually leaped out of the branch and climbed all the way up a nearby tree. Keepers regularly take a koala for visitors to have a close encounter with these lovely animals.
Trivia: Are koalas bears?
No. Koalas are not bears; they are marsupials, a species of mammals which distinct characteristic is their pouches where they carry their young. Early European settles in Australia thought they are bears hence the name, koala bear. But they rightly and simply called koala.
Other than the popular kangaroos and koalas, Featherdale is also home to several wild and domesticated animals. They also have a number of animals endemic to Australia like the fierce Tasmanian devil and ultra-furry wombat.
When you’re visiting Sydney, don’t miss this unforgettable encounter by spending at least half a day in Featherdale Wildlife Park. I swear this will be the highlight of your Aussie experience!