Ceelbrating Wild life SYDNEY STYLE
Being in the midst of raw nature stirs something primitive in all of us. Spending time with animals is a great way to understand their lifestyles and how each one ts in symbiotically into the grand scheme of things. Sydney gives you a plethora of opportunities to discover your wild side and reinforce your bond with nature.
Breakfast with the Koalas
What’s cuter than a Koala? These fuzzy Australian mascots are generally regarded as one of the laziest creatures on the planet. Then again, when you think of it, it’s their attitude that enhances the “cuteness” quotient.
Wildlife Sydney Zoo provides you with the perfect scenario to observe and interact with koalas in their natural habitat. Every day from 7:15 a.m., the zoo provides a steaming buffet breakfast spread on the koala rooftop. You can avail of some generous ticket discounts through the zoo’s website. Entry is free for toddlers under the age of 3. The ticket charge includes a takeaway koala photo.
Dugong is another darling member of our wildlife found in the warm coastal waters of Australia. This gentle vegetarian behemoth is featured in the endangered list of World Wide Fund for Nature and face dangers from human activities in the ocean apart from predator threats in their natural environment. Dugongs are generally very shy but are extremely intelligent and they do warm up to human interaction over time.
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is home to “Pig” the dugong and he just turned 19 recently. The whole of Sydney joined in the celebrations by sharing pictures online and sending wishes. Pig was pampered by the aquarium staff with toys, special belly rubs, and his favourite treat of cakes made from lettuce. Of course, Pig enjoyed every bit of the attention.
Pig became the darling of Sea Life Sydney Aquarium when he was rescued from the Forrest Beach. Although he was once rehabilitated and sent back into the wild, he was found washed up back onshore. It was then decided not to take a risk again, and the aquarium has been his home ever since. He has another dugong for company named “Wuru.” Pig and Wuru have played an extensive role in making people aware of the threats these gentle giants face.
It’s amazing to find how dugongs and other wildlife contribute to preserving the balance of an already fragile ecosystem. It’s crucial that we invest time into providing them with a secure environment and, more importantly, understand them better.