Lone Pine – Keeper for a Day

My family loves animals and loves to have hands-on experiences with them. Queensland is a great place to get up close and personal with animals and hold many of them. Our favorite place to accomplish that is Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. Lone Pine has been around since my Mother-in-law was a girl and we visit every time we are in Brisbane.

One of so many koalas

This time we decided to sign up for the Keeper for a Day program. It’s a six and a half hour program that takes you behind the scenes and in the enclosures to interact with all kinds of animals. It was an unforgettable experience for everyone and the top experience of our trip. After our first encounter in the enclosure with the dingo, both of my daughters told me separately that they “want to do this when they grow up”. It’s a pricey endeavor, and I recommend it and would do it again!

The echidna, Rex, has been at Lone Pine longer than anyone can remember. She came out to eat when we brought her some food.

We gave scratches to the dingo and made a toy for her. Prepared food for and fed the platypuses and cassowary, Chicky. Fed and held the barn owl before and during the birds of prey show. We took a shingleback skink for some outside time in the sun. We fed freshwater turtles, the echidna, Rex, the Rainbow Lorikeets, the kangaroos and wallabies, and the emus. We held koalas and snakes, too. It was at Lone Pine that we learned wombats’ poop is square shaped and where the name of this blog comes originates.

Chicky has an intimidating stare but put some crickets in with her and she will find them all!

Don’t miss a visit to Lone Pine!

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