Today’s post was partly inspired by the new series of Kangaroo Dundee which aired on BBC2 this evening, but also the WordPress weekly photo challenge with the theme: admiration.
When I visited Australia last October, the Northern Territory was at the top of my visit list for 2 main reasons – Uluru and The Kangaroo Sanctuary.
Having seen all of the episodes of Kangaroo Dundee back home in the UK, I knew that I couldn’t be in Alice Springs and not visit the sanctuary which is run by Kangaroo Dundee aka Chris ‘Brolga’ Barnes. Incase you were wondering, Brolga got his nickname – the aboriginal word for ‘crane’ – because he is 6ft 7 tall!
Brolga, who refers to himself as a ‘kangaroo mum’, rescues orphaned and injured kangaroos and cares for them at his sanctuary in the Australian outback. His passion for rescuing wildlife began while he was working as a tour guide and discovered a kangaroo lying in the road. When he went to check it, he found that although the kangaroo was sadly dead, she did infact have a tiny joey in her pouch that was still alive. Brolga saved this little kangaroo and the rest, as they say, is history.
Having rescued over 200 kangaroos, Brolga has also begun to start caring for other creatures great and small – from emus, wallabies and wombats – to camels! He is also a really lovely guy who I was fortunate enough to meet when I visited the sanctuary, which was my absolute favourite place I visited in Australia. I could gush and fangirl on about it forever but I think I will save that for another post!
But for now, from one animal lover to another, I take my hat off to you Brolga – a true Aussie hero!
What a great article! Great man too! I love reading those stories! They make me start believing in humans again 😉
Thanks, Makes a change from all the pointless “celebrities” right? Faith in humanity restored!
That’s really nice!!!!! Such a cute little kangaroo!!!!
Her name is Hope. We got to hold her too! 🙂
That’s so cool. I want to hold a baby kangaroo!
And there, I learned about a new place to go visit. Thanks 🙂
The money Brolga makes from his tours goes back into the sanctuary so it’s well worth it.
I’ve not seen Kangaroo Dundee but he does sound like a hero. I remember how excited you were when you booked it. Glad it was everything you wanted it to be. Kangaroos are so cute.
Sally @ Life Loving
I am SO GLAD I got to go here. This was by far my favourite thing in Australia (besides hanging out with my cousin and the family of course!) 🙂
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