Happiness in my Heart!

Ever done something that just made you feel good, happy and content?  The Australia Zoo Hospital did that to me.  The closeness we had with the koalas will be remembered forever.  Of course we made some great friends while we were there as well.

Last Monday we visited the Australia Zoo.  This is where we cuddled a koala and held the rare red tail Black Cockatoo.  One thing checked off my life’s bucket list.  A little furry koala has enriched my life in so many ways.  We have learned about habitat destruction, endangered animals and recycling/pollution and how it affects wildlife.  There are so many things we can do.  To start with….use less plastic.  Bring a reusable bag when you go to the store.  Every little bit helps.  Plastic never ever goes away!  Unless it is recycled into something else.

Australia has recycling bins everywhere.  This makes it very easy and accessible for us while traveling.  We learned that 150 acres of rainforest/forests are cleared every minute..for wood, paper, grazing land for cattle and animals.  The animals, insects, plants/trees are all destroyed – never to return.  It is all about profits and money for the greedy!  Rainforest once covered 14% of the earth and now only 6% — the rest could be consumed in less than 40 years, if we continue to destroy what is left.  What can we do?  As we all know … little things we do can add up.  Reduce, reuse and recycle!!!!  Also, if you are buying wood/furniture, make sure it was purchased from a sustainable source.

After walking through rainforests here and learning how many around the world are being destroyed — even down in Tasmania, at alarming rates, I want to be as environmentally conscious as possible.  It is easy to sit at home and think…”there isn’t much I can do” or “I’m just one person, what does it matter?”, but that is where it needs to start.  My heart has so much it wants to share….be gentle with the Earth its the only one we have!!!

This week, we are in Hervey Bay.  An area that is known to have Humpback Whales resting/playing in the bay with their calves as they make the journey back south.  The humpback whale travels north from the Antarctica area, up to the Papua New Guinea area to birth their calves and then back down to the south.  They stop, rest and play in the Hervey Bay area. We are here just at the start of the season, so we may not be able to see them, as they have not arrived from the north yet.

Today we were eating lunch along the ocean and a few dozen cheeky lorikeets decided to fly down and play with us.  These birds are everywhere in Australia but we have not interacted with them until now.  They are so playful and friendly.  They were on our hands, shoulders and bouncing around at our feet.  This made my day! As many of you know, I have a 23 year old parrot at home that I miss dearly and playing with these happy little parrots made my day.

The Great Barrier Reef is just a few hundred kilometers away.  We are excited to snorkel and swim with the tropical fish, turtles and sea life.

That’s all for now.  Love to all my friends and family!  xoxox

 

 

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Jeremy and I have spent the last week volunteering at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.  The hospital has five Veterinarians and fifteen Vet Nurses.  They care for all wildlife that is sick or injured.  It is non-profit and is right next to the zoo.  The hope is to rehabilitate and release the animals once they are healthy.  We have been cleaning enclosures, feeding eucalyptus and administering food/vitamin paste to nearly 50 koalas that are being cared for at the hospital.  We are so happy and feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful facility that is totally focused on the health and happiness of the little animals.  I absolutely love the koalas and feel so happy when I am there.  Many of the koalas that are there have been hit by car or attacked by dogs.  They really do not have any predators.  Their main diet is the leaves of the gum tree.  There are over 800 species of gum tree in Australia but koalas only eat from around 25.  Many only eat one or two species their whole life.  Koalas are not called Koala Bears — but instead they are marsupials, where the baby at birth is put into the pouch of the koala and carried till the joey is big enough to hang on to mom (around 6 months old).  They sleep nearly 18 hours a day and eat up to 6 hours a day.

I have learned so much and met some wonderful people.  I can’t wait to see what this next week brings.