TARANNA Wildlife Park is a good place both to see and feed native Tasmanian animals. It is located in the extreme south east of Tasmania on the Tasman Peninsula. It is west EAGLEHAWK NECK.
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FACILITIES: There are shops and a hotel at Eaglehawk Neck. There are shops, cafes and a petrol pump at the Taranna settlement, as well as some accommodation. There is also a petrol station and shop at the visitor centre of nearby Port Arthur. There is more accommodation at EAGLEHAWK NECK, at PORT ARTHUR and at SORELL.
SIGHTS: The Taranna Wild Life Park believes in keeping animals in as natural a state as possible. Thus many species freely wander around the park. The best way to see these endemic animals is with a tour group. The park further has displays of Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, quolls, wallabies and birds, which you can see being cared for and fed.
1/ The Taranna Wildlife Park is located in the northern part of the Tasman Peninsula in south eastern Tasmania. It is close to Port Arthur. Taranna offers a 4 part "unzoo" experience. It has endemic kangaroos, wallabies, quolls and birds, which live freely in the park area, as well as a large native botanical garden, where these animals live. It also has a bush art gallery. Finally, Tasmanian devil tracking tours on 4WD vehicles are conducted from the park. This is Nevil the Devil. He was the oldest devil at Taranna in 2015.
2/ This is another devil that I photographed some years ago. He is doing the typical sniffing of the air that devils do all the time.
3/ The best way to see the park is to join a tour. The guides will take you to places where the animals are fed and help you to find the wandering endemic animals. What is special about Taranna is the large number of friendly kangaroos it has. Here visitors on a tour are feeding the friendly kangaroos.
4/ This photo shows how friendly the kangaroos are. It shows a Chinese visitor hand feeding a baby kangaroo or "joey".
5/ This is a Tasmanian Pademelon. It is a species of small kangaroo commonly called a wallaby. It was just hoping freely around the park's botanic garden with its family.
6/ This is a flock of Cape Barren Geese. There was a large flock or endemic Cape Barren geese just wandering around the park.
7/ These are two forester kangaroos. This species of kangaroo is found only in Tasmania. Note the baby kangaroo or "joey" whose head is protruding out from its mother's pouch.
8/ This another forester kangaroo. The protruding legs belong to this mother's joey or baby.
9/ Taranna runs a service to rehabilitate injured wildlife. This is a white goshawk. It is a bird of prey, and was recovering in its cage. You can help the rescue of injured animals by contacting www.southernwildlife.org or telephoning 0409 551 288, if you find an injured animal.
10/ This bird of prey was also recovering at Taranna.
11/ Taranna also has quolls. These are a night hunting predator about the size of a cat.
12/ Wandering around the Taranna grounds are echidnas. These are one of only two species of monotremes, the other being the platypus. They regularly visit Taranna because the park encourages them.
13/ A large variety of rare, native birds also visit the park, because the park feeds them.
14/ This is the entrance to Taranna Wildlife Park. There is a shop and a cafe at the entrance.