We are at the house that Steve Irwin built, the Australia Zoo in Melbourne. IMG_8116

Steve’s spirit is very much alive here. His family is all about teaching people to understand and respect the animals and their environment, especially crocodiles and snakes. IMG_8144

Here are a few of the creatures we came across. They’re common down here.

For one, iguanas are everywhere. Some are pretty large, like this one, maybe two feet long including tail. IMG_8095

We met this gray roo crossing the path. I was captivated by them. Such unusual creatures they are. IMG_8132

This is a red roo. They’re docile and pretty easy to get close to. Their fur is soft but underneath they are boney and firm. IMG_8164

Koalas live in the eucalyptus trees. They eat nothing but eucalyptus leaves and sleep 20 hours a day. They have an opposing thumb. Look closely—can you see the baby? IMG_8179

That’s all for today. We’re going up to the buffet for Thai food instead of the dining room tonight.


  1. That's one thing about Australia-the animals are all really interesting (and deadly and scary!). I always think the koalas look so cuddly but I understand they are kind of testy and feisty.

    Sounds like you are having a good time:)

  2. Love seeing the animals, and the cuddly-looking Koala. Those claws would give me second thoughts of cuddling, however!

  3. I'm loving the travelog.....what cruise line are you on? The koala pic is terrific....great shadows and color play.

  4. Looks and sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Enjoy the rest of your trip.


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