spending an afternoon with koalas, kangaroos, baby alligators and a python was the biggest treat! we try to make an effort to have fun and educational experiences with our kids and spend time to learn about the rules, circumstances, and views on visiting animals like these. we chose to visit the australian reptile park which we found via the australian koala foundation (savethekoala.com) which is working hard to help the koalas and raise awareness about habitat destruction. we went while we were in sydney with friends and i wanted to plant myself beside that eucalyptus tree and never leave. they were just so soft and adorable. eleanor and samson were mostly intrigued by the python (brave souls!) but conrad was all about the koala just like his mama. :)
did you know that koalas sleep 18 hours a day?! sign me up for a koala life, somebody! please!!!
he couldn’t get enough of him, just like me. i kept being nervous he might hit the koala out of excitement, so i tried to hold his arm. he kept making his deep laughing sound which is totally the sound samson used to make around this age. oh my gosh, it’s so fun seeing the similarities as he’s getting bigger.
how beautiful is this tortoise?!
playing archaeologist in the sand box!
samson’s face in this top photo!!!! you guys, i don’t know how they were so comfortable climbing right up to the snake and holding him. i really didn’t love this portion of the afternoon.
but proud of them in a weird way for not being afraid?! i don’t know, part of me actually wouldn’t mind if they hated snakes as much as i do though.
they must get it from this guy.
and when a few kangaroos are just nonchalantly walking around the property, we all were making faces like samson’s in the photo above. i mean, how can you not?! sadly, didn’t see any baby kangaroos inside their mamas’ pouches, but being this close to an actual kangaroo was plenty. :)