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Walking with Wallabies
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanctuary (http://www.pearcedale-conservation-park.com.au/) and it's located on the fringe of the Mornington Peninsula about 1.5 hours south of Melbourne.
Unlike your traditional zoo, this is well and truly a sanctuary for the animals – native Australian animals to be exact. The reason for my visit was a birthday party for one of my young son's mates. I'm not sure what I expected, considering it started out just like most other parties. Sausage rolls, party pies, fairy bread and birthday cake to top it off. Then things began to get decidedly more interesting.
After seating the children in a long line, the curator of the reserve brought out an array of classic Aussie critters that included a Bluetongue lizard, Thorny Devil and a black headed python that turned out to quite enjoy my son Nathan's shoulder. Although I must admit that the weight of the 2.5 metre constrictor nearly buckled the kid's knees after about 5 minutes.
After a round of photos (both kids and adults) we then began a tour through the reserve. There were emus that cracked the kids up with their greedy feeding-frenzy, a one-eyed dingo that everyone was sure was winking at them and a sleepy Koala having a shower in the 36°C/95°C heat. It was almost as if each of the animals was somehow compelled to connect with the kids. It's hard to describe it in any other way.
The reserve is set on about 10 hectares of cleared woodlands, with a central watering hole and a variety of trails leading into the furthest reaches of the park. One of these is called the Wallaby Walk and was easily the highlight of the day. It's here that you can wander at your own pace through the woods and feed the Wallabies. As an adult it sounds pretty simple, does it?
Well, to a child it's something much, much more. At one point my son and daughter must have been surrounded by 10 of the cutest little fellows you'll ever encounter. The fare is pretty simple – dried corn – but the wallaby's love the stuff and will eat it directly out of your hand.
After an hour I thought the kids would have become bored. Hardly! Even the heat didn't seem to deter them (either the kids or the wallabies)!
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
When the corn was finally gone and we were headed back to the entrance I knew that this small reserve wouldn't soon be forgotten. The only thing I might do differently for our next visit was to pay more attention to the reserve's name – Moonlit Sanctuary – and visit at dusk when the animals are supposed to be even more active!
So, how to sum up the day? Probably by letting you know what Nathan said in the car just before he dozed off to the gentle hum of the car's air conditioning.
"Dad, do you think I could have my next birthday party here?"
"Can I have a python for my birthday?"
For some reason I have the feeling that the Moonlit Sanctuary was going to be a favorite for years to come...