08.01.2010 - 04.02.2010 30 °C
During my time on kangaroo Island there were 6 other volunteers; Adelaide, Sibylle, Caroline, Cyril, Tommy and Sandra. Each stayed between 2 and 4 weeks and arrived on different days. We stayed in the volunteers lodge at Hanson Bay, which had a kitchen, bathroom, DVD-player and no bunk-beds! Each morning we gave food and water to the birds, watered the trees, fed the chickens and collected any eggs from them. We then drove around the sanctuary's fence checking for holes in and under the fence. The way the fence was made allowed any animal to leave the sanctuary, but kept predictors out.
After the morning jobs we did something different everyday, including cleaning the cabins the guests were staying in, planting trees, raking leaves off the koala walk, counting koalas (there were about 25 on the property), talking to guests about the animals and filling the dams with plants. One time we spent the day making a vegetable garden. We started with wild bush, but after heaps of raking, digging and moving rocks around we had our garden. Unfortunately the soil was too dry to hold any water, but hopefully by the winter the volunteers will be able to plant some veg. In the evenings we fed the birds and chickens again, then put food out for the kangaroos. There had been some heatwaves which had killed the grass so the kangaroos had very little food unless we fed them. We then would feed Amy, the tame kangaroo, then assist on the evening koala walks.
As well as all the hard work we often went on trips. We went to Hanson Bay beach a lot when it was too hot to work. We also went to the remarkable rocks, saw seals, sea lions and pelicans and went to a bird show. My favourite trip was to Pauls Place, a petting zoo filled with Ozzie animals all wanting food. Here an alpaca spat at me!
The managers of the sanctuary were Natalie and James, and they had one employee, Emily. They had 2 kelpie dogs, Archie and Monty, and a tame kangaroo, Amy. Natalie had raised a koala, Lala, who she released back into the wild. Lala sometimes came to visit. One weekend Natalie and James went on holiday, so the previous managers, Bruce and Leslie, came back to help.
I was here for four weeks, and has been the best time I've had in Australia