The last time I went on Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa‘s northern wildlife tour was during the middle of winter, when Canada’s harsh temperatures were at their worst, especially in northern Ontario. Bundled up in a Canada Goose parka and wool blanket, I attempted to engage with the animals the best I could amidst the freezing temperatures. Feeding the animals with my bare hand felt like jack frost was nipping at my finger tips every second I had them out of my warm alpaca wool mittens (although, the animals were worth it). I did my best to snap photos (using both a GoPro and Canon Rebel T3) of the northern rarities with my frozen frigid fingers. The highlight of my winter wonderland wildlife tour was seeing a mighty majestic moose up close for the first time. Taking Cedar Meadows Wildlife Tour during the summer gave me a whole new perspective of the active northern wildlife who were curious and wide eyed during the warm, mosquito laden season. Continue reading
During my road trip along the Great Ocean Road I decided to stay at the Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat in Lavers Hill. Part of the allure to stay at the family run Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat was the fact that accommodation came paired with one of a kind Australian animal encounters. The retreat is not open to the public, but only available for retreat guests. The intimate visit with the animals allowed me learn more about native Australian species while getting up close and personal with my various furry friends. Included in my stay I was able to bottle feed a 8 month old baby wombat, hand feed wombats, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, ponies, calves, a baby deer, while also stopping to talk to a parrot. At night, the many rare free range nocturnal animals would appear.
Part of the joy of exploring Australia is encountering all off Australia’s creatures. Cute, dangerous, poisonous, and otherwise I have enjoyed learning about the native animals in Australia. Throughout my travels, I have seen animals in the wild and in animal sanctuaries. I have visited Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast and Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island which introduced me to countless creatures. I have had fun meeting them.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Currumbin on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The non-profit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) is owned by the National Trust of Queensland, with all of their profits being reinvested into animal care at the sanctuary and throughout Australia. I wanted to visit an animal preserve that helps to protect the Australian environment and the animals that live within it. It’s important for me to support an ethical company with conscious practices, which also educates visitors about Australian native animals and their protection in the wild. With the largest collection of Australian native animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for me to get a glimpse of what Australia has to offer. Continue reading