Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park


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Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park offers fun for everyone. It’s small enough to wander around and not get exhausted but packs quite a punch with so many animals to see, feed and hold.

Yes, I did say hold, so read on!

While there are dedicated Private Tours and Sunset Tours, the Wildlife Park is ideal for the whole family to spend a few relaxed hours just wandering around.

There are free BBQ facilities or take your own picnic.

The Reception also has a small café so you can grab a snack, coffee, cold drinks, and ice creams. 

Read this post for more Kangaroo Island attractions and other things to do in South Australia

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park & Aquarium

The animals at KI Wildlife Park

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KI Wildlife Park with its curious residents, including albino wallaby, cuddly koalas and cute hungry penguins!

The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park features many Australian animals which are especially great for international visitors.

With an old-fashioned design to the park, the enclosures are often smaller and more intimate, bringing the animals that much closer to you.

There are howling dingoes, huge cassowaries, emus, rare quolls, wombats, and very entertaining co-existing echidnas and goannas, as well as Cape barren geese to mention a few.

A free-roaming pair of geese is hilarious to watch as they meander around the park following you.

There is even a small aquarium near the reptile area, great to get out of the sun and cool off in.

If you prefer the feathery kind, check out the many bird enclosures.

Another place to go on Kangaroo Island for close encounters with the feathery kind is Raptor Domain

There are owls, handsome macaws, chatty cockatoos and a very friendly inquisitive bowerbird in the aviary that appears to love having his photo taken.

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KI Wildlife Park – Anyone For A Feed?

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Some of the curious residents of the KI Wildlife Park.

There is a daily public feeding schedule of some animals in the park. 

What must not be missed is the 11.30am feeding of the Little Penguins, which is repeated at 3 pm. 

Don’t miss it because they love their food and eat very quickly.

It’s all over red rover within about 5mins!

After the afternoon penguin session, head straight over to the Pelican area. 

These three young pelicans are very funny to watch as they eat their fish head first. 

The boisterous juveniles are about to become famous, featuring in the upcoming 2019 remake of the classic 1970’s movie Stormboy.

You can also buy specially designed marsupial food from the Reception Office and head over to the wallaby and kangaroo enclosures. 

Both have rare albino varieties, which I find especially fascinating.

They love food and they seem happy to graze all day. 

The little joeys will take food from your hand. 

Now that’s priceless!

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This bower bird at KI Wilderness Park wanted to take our GoPro camera home to its nest!

KI Wildlife Park – Hugs Anyone?

There are educational sessions with keepers during the day, including dingoes at 10 am and koalas at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4 pm.

But if you want to get up close and personal, for a very reasonable fee of $15-30 per person, there are individual holding sessions too. 

You can cuddle a koala at 11 am, 2 pm, and 4.30 pm for your Instagram of Facebook selfies.

If you prefer furless reptilians be wrapped by a snake or meet an alligator at 11 am or 2 pm. 

Better still (I think), go for the wombat session at noon. 

Weighing up to 20kg, now there’s a challenge just before lunch!

For more Kangaroo Island activities, how about walking the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and visiting Kelly Hill Caves?  


How to get to KI Wildlife Park

KI Wildlife Park is 3km from Parndana at 4063 Playford Highway. This wildlife park is run by Sam and Dana Mitchell and is open daily from 9-5pm. 

Check out a range of Kangaroo Island tours here

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park


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