Kununurra (Kangaroo Haven)August 17, 2017 in Australia
We'd read great reviews of the Kangaroo Haven on WikiCamps so thought it was worth checking out. We headed out to Mandy's house, just outside of town, at 3.30 on Thursday afternoon and headed in to her kitchen to meet the first 6 (of many) joeys hanging in bags on the backs of her dining chairs!
We all had a cuddle and checked out the new arrivals - rare twins that were only 5 months old so didn't have much fur yet and seemed to be all legs and tail and eyes.
Then we made our way outside to help feed the joeys that live outdoors in the shed and pens - more young joeys in bags and then some older ones out in their yards. Unlike the Kangaroo Sanctuary, patting the kangaroos was okay and it was lovely to get up close to them and feel their beautiful plush fur.
After getting our 'roo fix, we met Mandy's spectacular blue and gold macaw and then she showed us around the rest of the outdoor enclosures - so many birds! Exotic yellow and orange ones from South America, emus, ducks, geese, turkeys, lorikeets, chooks, tawny frogmouth owls and whistling kites to name a few!
She's running an amazing operation - rescuing many animals that vets tell her should be put down, flying animals in from surrounding locations (at her own cost) and getting up at 4.30am every morning to feed all the joeys before she heads to her "day job" as an Educational Aide working with troubled Aboriginal teenagers (which she loves, but is also a necessity to cover some of the $2000/month costs of running the Haven). We all loved the experience, and the kids rated it as one of the best days of the trip so far - and we'd have to agree!Read more