Up until 2003, Caversham Wildlife Park was a small wildlife, domestic animal and bird park operating from a modest property on the outskirts of Perth. Since that time, the park has moved location to Whiteman Park and has expanded significantly. It now contains over two hundred species of animal which makes it the largest privately owned collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. Visitors experience a unique interactive experience in an environment that is not too commercialised or zoo-like.
Whiteman Park is situated just thirty minutes away from the Perth city centre close to the Swan Valley wine region.
Caversham Wildlife Park features many of Australia’s unique native animals, including koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and wombats. It also has a large collection of brightly coloured birds from all over Australia.
There is a fairly large population of Koala at Caversham Wildlife Park. Visitors can get up close and personal with them at different times during the day.
It is interesting to note that Koalas are not indigenous to Western Australian. The resident koalas at the park have been imported from the east coast and have adapted well to their new environment.
Gang Gang Cockatoo
The Gang Gang Cockatoo has a relatively restricted distribution in South-eastern Australia. It is mainly found in higher altitude eucalypt forests where it is wetter and cooler. This charismatic bird has distinctive red wispy feathers on its head. Its general appeal has resulted in it being made the faunal emblem for Australian Capital Territories.
Caversham Wildlife Park Kangaroo
I did not realise there were so many different types of kangaroo until I visited Caversham Wildlife Park. The Agile Wallaby, Western Grey Kangaroo , Common Wallaroo, Swamp Wallaby, Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby and Red Kangaroo can all be seen at the park. It is also possible to feed the kangaroos.
Peacock – Caversham Park
The Indian Peafowl is not indigenous to Australia and it was a pleasant surprise to see this male (peacock) at the park. Peacocks are beautiful birds and are always impressive to come across one.
The Common Brushtail Possum is the most familiar and abundant of the Australian possums. They are nocturnal and, during the day, retreat to hollow logs, a branch, tree trunks or any dark area. They are often seen to be pests as they will even find refuge inside house roofs.