The Perfect Environment
With more than a third of the island conserved as National Park, Kangaroo Island also has five precious Wilderness Protection Areas. It’s combination of soils, and good supply of both rainfall and sunshine, mean that wildlife can thrive across the island in a truly unique way. Visitors come from across the globe to see plant species that can only be found on Kangaroo Island, and few will be disappointed by the huge range of wildlife living in these stunning habitats. With lots of accommodation on Kangaroo Island located in secluded and quiet areas, you’re sure to see wildlife roaming around!
You won’t be short of wildlife to enjoy on Kangaroo Island, keep your camera close and your eyes peeled. Here is a round up of the 3 most interesting things you can hope to see:
First things first, kangaroos. Along with koala bears, they are the animal that people across the world associate Australia with – featuring on numerous postcards and guide books. Given its name, it seems only right that Kangaroo Island has its very own subspecies of kangaroo, sometimes referred to as Sooty Kangaroo. It’s a close relative of the Western Grey although they are generally slightly shorter and with fur of a darker brown.
If you’re keen to spot kangaroos on Kangaroo Island, you’re most likely to see them either in the early morning or the late afternoon when the sun is less intense. Their role within the ecosystem is to graze so you’ll usually spot them in open fields. They’ll often be in larger groups and seeing them move on all “fives” is quite a sight!
Kangaroo Island has it very own subspecies of echidna, which is known to be especially spiny and more short beaked than echidnas on mainland Australia. Echidnas give Kangaroo Island a real sense of history as their species goes back millions of years, possibly to the time of the dinosaurs.
Although closely related to the aquatic platypus, echidnas live on land and are sometimes referred to as spiny anteaters. Their long snouts function as both their nose and their mouth and they have no teeth at all. Instead, echidnas have tongues that can protrude over 15 cm and are capable of flicking in and out over 100 times in a minute – in this way, they eat insects and larvae, usually shoveling in a lot of dirt at the same time!
Penguins and Bird Life
Kangaroo Island has some of the most stunning birdlife anywhere in Australia. It’s isolated location makes the habitats peaceful and unspoilt and over 250 species can be found here. Keep your binoculars on hand as you’ll be able to spot all sorts of different birds – from a white bellied sea eagle, to a Red Wattlebird, and almost everything in between.
Many of the birds on Kangaroo Island are exceptionally colourful and there are 12 species of cockatoos and parrots best spotted in the Summer time.
Don’t forget to visit the Little Penguins too. There are a number of points around Kangaroo Island such as Penneshaw where you can park up and watch hundreds of them all year round coming in and out of the rock faces.
Kangaroo Island is truly one of the best places to find and admire wildlife in their habitat. If you usually stay in hotels, motels or resorts on your vacations, I implore you to stay in a self-contained house. Club KI specialises in great accommodation in beautiful spots on the island to suit all budgets.