Located just a short drive away from the Adelaide City Centre, Cleland Wildlife Park is a haven for native Australian wildlife in South Australia. Nestled within the sprawling Cleland Conservation Park area in the Adelaide Hills region, the government operated attraction is spread over 35 hectares of pristine bushland. All the usual marsupial suspects like the kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, and echidnas can be found here, as well as native reptilian and avian species. What’s great about this sanctuary for beasts is the painstaking attention it pays to keep its surroundings as authentic and natural as possible.
A map and signages like this help to direct one to the various enclosures housing the native creatures.
Here are more of them, huddled around a feeding tray and enjoying a crunchy lunch of carrots and corn.
Unlike the earlier kangaroos, this red kangaroo here was more keen to feed from Ethan’s brown bag of goodies.
…and a fast moving Tasmanian Devil or two. Unfortunately, these cute critters are in danger of extinction due to an infectious cancerous facial tumour.
More hopping marsupials greeted us, this time of the wallaby variety. At first, they were a little hesitant to accept food from us.
However, after some gentle persuasion, our little “Dr Doolittle” managed to coax one into eating from his palm.