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05 Jun 2019 15:15:21
From top to bottom, coast to coast, this country is home to heaps of cute, adorable and charming animals. You owe it to yourself to see these five loveable creatures face to face, and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, in Darling Harbour Sydney, is the place to do it.
These cat-sized cuties have a long tail, a sunny disposition, and are known as the world’s happiest animals. Found almost solely on Rottnest Island, plus a few other smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, these nocturnal marsupials fall under the Kangaroo and Wallaby family. Without cars or predators, Rottnest Island is somewhat of a sanctuary, as these vulnerable species have been nearly obliterated on the mainland. If you can’t get to Rottnest to pose with one of the many native Quokkas, come and say g’day to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s resident quokka – Davey. Having called the zoo home since 2014, Davey has a reputation of being a bit of a charmer.
With loose skin stretching from their fifth finger to their first toe, these darling creatures will woo you with their doe-eyes. Able to glide effortlessly up to 100 metres, Sugar Gliders are unique, and they’re not just a pretty face – with close to the same intelligence as a dog, they’re able to learn their name and come to their trainer when summoned. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is home to four female Sugar Gliders, so check out the Australian Wildlife Tour for some interesting info about these cuties.
These hairy looking boulders are sweet-looking little beasts! And they’re interesting too – these round-shaped cuties take up to two weeks to digest a single meal. And that’s not all that makes them unique – did you know they have square-shaped poo?! Our Bare-Nosed Wombat, Ringo, loves munching on carrots. Found in 2013 as an orphaned baby, he’s called WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo home ever since. Somewhat of a celebrity here, you can catch Ringo at Wallaby Cliffs.
When you think of Aussie animals, these cuties come to mind. Often referred to as ‘bears,’ these brilliant animals are in fact, marsupials. Their name means ‘no drink’ in Aboriginal because they get nearly all their moisture from leaves. Big eaters, they can consume up to one kilogram of eucalyptus leaves per day – that’s a lot of leaves for a little creature! At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, each of our Koalas has a distinct personality – take Alfie for example, this adorable dude is a calm and social animal who loves his outings to the Children’s Hospital.
The word ‘cute’ can be defined as ‘delightful and interesting,’ and if that’s the case, the Platypus fit the bill (see what we did there?!) These incredible creatures are monotremes: egg-laying mammals which includes just Platypus and Echidnas. Found solely in Eastern Australia, they burrow in creek and river banks to nest close to where they can feast on shellfish, tadpoles and insect larvae. Jackie and Zoey are our resident animals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and you can watch them as they dart and dive underwater. They are truly one-of-a-kind.
So that’s the Cutest Wildlife Bucket List; five Australian cuties for you to ‘oooooh’ and ‘aaaaah’ at, right in the heart of Sydney CBD at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.