Kuranda Wildlife Park- Meet Our Wildlife
Rainforestation Nature Park is the leading Cairns attraction based in Kuranda. Our Kuranda Wildlife Park is home to an abundance of iconic Australian animals, including koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, snakes, Estaurine Crocodiles and more!
You can meet the endangered Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo and Southern Cassowary, both of which are endangered and endemic to Tropical North Queensland.
Our Koala and Wildlife Park allows you to get up close and personal with our animals- you can even hand-feed our friendly wallabies and kangaroos! We believe education is the best way to ensure the longevity of all these species.
Our wildlife keepers are dedicated, experienced and highly trained. Many are educated through the Careers Training Centre, our sister company.
We offer guided wildlife presentations throughout the day, which are the perfect chance to learn more about some of Australia’s most iconic species. These keeper-led tours take a closer look at our koalas, wombat, Southern Cassowary and more.
You can even catch a crocodile feeding show! Just ask our friendly reservation team for the feeding time upon arrival at the park.
Click on the images below to learn more about some of the members of our wildlife family.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo
Green Tree Python
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Eastern Water Dragon
- Koala young are called joeys and are born underdeveloped after a short pregnancy of approximately 35 days.
- Joeys are carried and suckled in a pouch on their mother’s belly.
- Koalas are found on the east coast of Australia and live and sleep in eucalyptus trees and are herbivores which means they only eat plant material e.g. foliage such as eucalyptus.
- These marsupials are also fussy eaters – out of the 800 varieties of eucalyptus in Australia, koalas only eat around 65.
- They are nocturnal creatures which means they are awake and active at night and sleep for up to 18 hours during the day because their eucalypt diet has limited nutritional and caloric content.
- Koalas are territorial and so a male koala scent marks trees by rubbing a gland located in the middle of its chest against tree branches or at the base of a tree and communicates using loud bellows that intimidate rivals and attract mates.
- The name cassowary comes from two Papuan words, ‘kasu’ meaning horned and ‘weri’ meaning head with the later referring to the prominent casque on its head.
- An adult cassowary can stand up to 1.8 metres (6’) tall and weigh over 38kg (84lb) for males and 47kg (104lb) for females.
- Cassowaries can live for 30 to 40 years in the wild and are generally solitary birds coming together only to mate during the breeding season which starts around May to June.
- The male cassowary is solely responsible for incubating the eggs and raising the young and sits on the nest for 50 days until the eggs hatch and male birds can be aggressive defending their chicks.
- The father teaches the chicks how to forage and so by nine months they become independent.
- Chick’s have a striped appearance which fades to brown before their distinctive adult colouring starts to develop maturing at about three years.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
- These white cockatoos can be easily identified by their bright yellow crests.
- Their screeching call is adapted to travel through the environment as they fly.
- Female and male Sulphur Crested Cockatoos can be distinguished by their eye colours. Females have red-brown eyes, whereas males have dark brown-black eyes.
- This bird can be found commonly throughout mainland Australia and Tasmania. They also occur in New Guinea, the Aru Islands, New Zealand and Indonesia.
- It’s diet consists of seeds, nuts, roots and berries.
- They are amongst the largest of Australian parrots and can reach half a metre in length.
- Estuarine crocodiles are the largest of all living reptiles and considered to be the oldest living dinosaur on earth with ancestors dating back over 240 million years ago.
- The males of this species can reach sizes of up to 7 metres long and weigh as much as 2,000 kilograms.
- These reptiles are one of two species of crocodile found in Australia (the other is the freshwater crocodile).
- “Jack the Ripper” (our resident Estuarine Crocodile) and his relatives can live in salt water which is why they are often referred to as “salties” but usually reside in mangrove swamps, estuaries and lower stretches of rivers along the top end of Australia.
Green Tree Python
- This stunning snake is a vibrant green hue with a yellowish belly.
- This green snake can reach 2m in length and 1.6kg in weight.
- Hatchlings emerge in a bright yellow or reddish-orange hue and turn green after 1-2 years.
- The Green Tree Python is found in the Cape York Peninsula rainforests in Far North Queensland.
- Females lay a clutch of around 8-25 eggs in tree hollows.
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
- Kangaroos are marsupials that belong to a small group of animals called macropods which means ‘big foot’.
- Most macropods have hind legs larger than their forelimbs, large hind feet, and long muscular tails which they use for balance.
- Kangaroos have massive muscles in their rear legs which are designed to help them jump and when they feel threatened, they can hop away at speeds of up to 64 kilometres per hour.
- The Eastern grey kangaroo is the second largest marsupial and native land mammal in Australia.
- An adult male will commonly weigh around 50 to 66 kg (110 to 146 lb) whereas females commonly weigh around 17 to 40 kg (37 to 88 lb).
- These marsupials are herbivores, and mainly eat grass. They are most active at night, dusk and dawn and prefer semi-arid plains, grasslands, woodlands and open forests.
- These macropods can live up to 23 years and are mature at two years.
- After mating, the embryo will only start developing if the mother’s pouch is empty of joeys and 33 days later, the newborn – which is tiny, blind and hairless – attaches to one of four teats in the mother’s pouch, and stays there developing for around 8 months.
- Freshwater crocodiles are also known as the Australian freshwater crocodile or the Johnston’s Crocodile and colloquially as “freshies”.
- They can grow up to 3 metres in length and are not considered dangerous to humans.
- These reptiles are carnivores and only eat small prey which consist mainly of small mammals, fish, birds, bats, reptiles and amphibians.
- Freshies are found in the northern regions of Australia, in freshwater wetlands, billabongs, rivers and creeks.
Canis lupus dingo
- The dingo is a wild dog and thought to be the descendent of a domestic dog brought to Australia up to twenty thousand years ago from what is now Indonesia.
- They have pricked ears, bushy tails and a distinctive trotting gait and their coats are typically ginger but some are sandy-yellow, red-yellow or occasionally black and tan.
- Dingoes are the largest land-dwelling carnivores in Australia and when hunting, they only kill enough to feed their packs.
- They can turn their heads almost 360 degrees to track other animals, such as birds in flight.
- Dingoes do not bark however they have a complex howling vocabulary, they snort, and they also purr.
- They tend to mate for life and form small packs in which the dominant pair become the breeders and the entire pack helps to care for the young.
- The lace monitor grows to between 1.5 and 2 metres long and has long toes and strong claws which it uses for climbing.
- This lizard lives in trees, although it comes down to the ground to forage for food, when disturbed, it sprints to the nearest tree and climbs to safety with great speed and agility.
- Its colouring is dark steel grey above with pale yellow or cream bands or rows of spots with a cream underside and it is the only lizard with a forked tongue like a snake.
- This reptile will eat birds, insects, bird eggs and small mammals.
- The lace monitor lays between 6 to 12 eggs each year which are usually laid in termite mounds, particularly those found in trees.
- This snake is also known as the “amethystine python” because of its rainbow iridescence.
- It is Australia’s largest snake growing over 6 metres in length and can weigh up to 60 kilograms.
- They use their heat sensing pits to locate prey including small birds, reptiles, frogs and mammals.
- These reptiles are non-venomous and use their bite to grab then constrict prey with their muscular body.
- The scrub python prefers warm, humid habitats with good water sources and in Australia is found north of Townsville in Queensland.
Eastern Water Dragon
- The central row of spikes on its body is called the “nuchal crest” which is why these lizards are referred to as a “dragon”.
- Their long tail comprises about two-thirds of their total length which they use for swimming.
- They can swim totally submerged for up to 90 minutes at a time.
- Males have bolder colouration and larger heads than females.
- These reptiles are fast runners, strong climbers and cold blooded reptiles that eat meat, fruit, vegetation and insects.
- Native to Eastern Australia, these lizards are found near creeks, rivers and lakes.