Kangaroo Island

An amazing wildlife preserve in South Australia

Kangaroo Island was the site to the first (European, non-prison) settlement in Australia (Kingscote, est. 1836). Today it is far more famous for being one of the richest wildlife preserves in all of Oz.

There's no better place to view wild sea lions and fur seals, kangaroos and koalas (some 5,000, all descended from the 18 brought over from the mainland in 1920), foot-tall fairy penguins, glossy cockatoos, black swans, giant goanna lizards, and even platypus, echidna, bandicoot, and pygmy possums.

And, yes, there are kangaroos (and wallabies)—though the island's isolation has lead to the evolution of some unique species.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in April 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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