Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sun 16 Aug 2015 22:47
Kula Eco Park
We had popped in yesterday to book a guide and while we waited for our ten o’clock start we looked at bugs and butterflies.
An extensive shell collection – my favourite was the hairy triton......
The usual tools we have come to know and love – stomach opener, club, brain picker and culacula.
Miti, our fun, interesting and knowledgeable guide, seen here introducing us to the collared lorikeet.
We were very taken with these colourful little chaps.
We met the injured, orphaned and rescued.
Comically eyed-up by a harrier or is that measured up.
Watched a cool chap, saw three monkey nuts scooped up while still using a beak tip to climb and was reminded just how big a fruit bat was up close.
The aquarium held many different species of fish and coral all healthy, the real surprise was ‘out the back’ – a miniature tidal mangrove swamp provides much of the filtration system backed up by regular grit, carbon and wool.
Miti pointed out various trees and flowers as we followed well-maintained walkways.
We heard a bird that barked, met a national frog and watched a mum with her hands full.
A magnificent spiders web.
We had the chance to feed baby hawksbill turtles.............
...................... and get up close and personal with some of the chaps. I was a very brave boy holding that slitherer. Wendy the boa was a poppet. My kneecaps are still fidgety. She was just heavy, muscular and cold to the touch. She flexed and tightened the second she got round my neck. She was just getting comfortable and giving you a bear hug. Uggggghhhhhhh.
The park offers groups of schoolchildren free educational visits supported by donations from the public. The hope is the next generation will respect and protect their unique creatures but the most important work done here is the breeding of the Fijian Crested Iguana. We followed Miti into the laboratory and met this seasons hopefuls. We were fascinated to learn that the soft shells of the eggs grow with the developing baby.