Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
KANGAROO ISLAND ODYSSEYS TOURING For personalised, luxury 4x4 touring, join our expert, multi-lingual guides for an amazing nature and wildlife experience. One, two and three day tours include pickups from airport or ferry. Advertisement on page 13 Phone: (08) 8553 0386 www.kiodysseys.com.au tourkangarooisland.com.au | wildlife naturally 24 Kangaroo Island is the place where you can quietly ‘go bush’ and see native Australian animals and birds as they were meant to be seen – in the wild. It is a true wildlife sanctuary. Owing to its isolation from the mainland, the Island has suffered less from the impact of European settlement and retains more than half of its native old-growth vegetation – a vast area of some 2250 square kilometres. Similarly, the Island has been spared damage from introduced species, such as foxes and rabbits, ensuring the integrity of native bushland. As a result, animal and bird populations have flourished. Today, more than one-third of Kangaroo Island is preserved in conservation parks, national parks and wilderness protection areas. Because of this, Kangaroo Island continues to be a special and protected place, where you will be truly amazed. Animals everywhere Australian sea lions and Long-nosed fur seals Both species are native to Kangaroo Island and are most famously seen in great numbers in their natural environment around Admirals Arch and the magnificent Seal Bay. There you can join park guides on guided tours to observe these playful animals basking in Wildlife NATURALLY the sun and frolicking in the surf. Over 7000 Long-nosed fur seals live and breed around Cape du Couedic. Echidnas An egg-laying mammal occasionally seen in the undergrowth foraging for ants with its sticky tongue, you can identify the Kangaroo Island echidna by its distinctive ‘blonde’ spines. During winter, echidnas form ‘mating trains’, where up to eight males follow a female around. Kangaroo Island kangaroos Kangaroo Island’s isolation has seen some species evolve differently from those on the mainland. This is evident in the Kangaroo Island kangaroo – a sub-species of the Western Grey kangaroo, which is smaller, darker and has longer fur than its mainland counterpart. Koalas Like the platypus and Ringtail possum, the famous Kangaroo Island koala is an introduced species. Here, numbers have exploded over the past few years, and you're more likely to catch sight of a wild koala here than on the mainland. Rosenberg goannas This magnificent lizard, which grows up to a metre in length, is a predator of smaller reptiles, young birds and eggs, and is often Exceptional Kangaroo Island, Grassdale in Kelly Hill Conservation Park seen on warm days basking happily or scavenging on dead animals along the roads. Tammar wallabies The Tammar wallaby is much smaller than a typical wallaby and has finer features than the kangaroo. They are abundant on Kangaroo Island. Mainland populations are extinct in south-eastern Australia, with only a small population surviving in Western Australia. Other natives On your travels keep an eye out for a number of native animals, including Brushtail possums, Southern Brown bandicoots, Western and Little Pygmy possums, bush and swamp rats, six bat species, six frog species, Black Tiger snakes and Pygmy Copperhead snakes.