Kangaroo Island Wildlife

Kangaroos grazing near the Lodge

Osprey at Sea Dragon Lodge

Wildlife near Sea Dragon Lodge

Sea Dragon Lodge is situated on 250 seafront acre estate and is a Kangaroo island wildlife sanctuary. Our 250 acres includes large expanses of original native scrub, together with grazed spaces and re-vegetation areas. We share the site with mobs of KI's kangaroos and Tamar Wallabies. By night the Brushtail Possums are active and during the day echidnas are often spotted on the move. Several resident Goannas regularly patrol the lodge looking for a meal.

Echidnas main diet is termites During winter it is not uncommon to spot Southern Right whales from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. This year over 50 sightings were made. Occasionally the whales will actually come right into Pink Bay where they provide a great spectacle from the deck. Dolphins and seals are regular visitors to Pink Bay.

Sea Dragon Lodge offers a very diverse array of local birdlife. Around the lodge, we see many different species including New-Holland Honeyeaters, Red-browed Finches, Grey Fantails, Superb Fairy Wrens and Eastern Spinebills. Birds of prey include the Whitebellied Sea Eagle, Nankeen Kestrels and Wedge-tailed eagles. Bird identification books and binoculars are provided in the Lodge and Villas

Kangaroo Island Nature and Wildlife

Heath Goanna looking for a meal Surrounded by water, with access only via ferry or air, Kangaroo Island has remained a sanctuary for an extraordinary variety of native wildlife and vegetation. More than 40% of Kangaroo Island is still covered with original native flora. This creates a harmonious balance of conservation and agriculture while the gentle tidal influence of its nutrient rich, pristine waters yields a bountiful harvest.

With its remarkable profusion of wildlife and its unspoilt, natural environment, some describe Kangaroo Island as Australia’s Galapagos and with good reason.

KI was listed as one of Australia’s National Landscapes in recognition of the accessibility to viewing iconic Australian wildlife in the wild, its unique geological formations, stunning coastlines, history, and local commitment to sustainable tourism.

Pelicans on Island Beach The island and surrounding ocean are home to 18 species of mammals, 18 reptile species, 6 frog species, 231 fish species and 5 kinds of seagrass. It is commonplace to see kangaroos and tamar wallabies grazing in the bush on the island, yet never taken for granted. It is also the last stronghold for Rosenberg's goanna because of the Island's intact and resilient ecosystem.

Kangaroo Island still retains much of its native flora, with over 890 native plant varieties. These include the unique and impressive Tates Grass Tree, delicate native orchids, melaleuca and a range of grevillea, some of which are extremely rare and endemic to the island.

There are hundreds of different types of birds on KI, some magnificently coloured, such as the endangered Red tailed Glossy Black Cockatoo, Hooded Plover and Osprey.

Australian sea lion Pups playing on the beach In the 1880’s Ligurian bees were brought to Kangaroo Island from Europe and the island is now home to the purest remaining strain of Ligurian Bees in the world.

Watching Wildlife

Watching wildlife can be breath-taking. Follow these tips to optimise your experience. Observation not interaction. Always put the animals’ welfare first. Move slowly and quietly and keep at least 20 m away. Turn off your mobile phone. Use binoculars for that close-up view. Observe the animals without interacting; do not try to touch them, play with them or pursue them. If the animals’ change their behaviour while you are watching them, you are probably too close; retreat slowly and give them more space. When photographing wildlife turn your flash off and use natural light instead to protect their eyes.

Tips on Viewing Wildlife

For tips on where to view wildlife ask Steve when you arrive at the Lodge.

Driving Safely

Kangaroo Island wildlife is active at night. Animals are blinded by bright lights, so slow down, dip your lights and take time to observe the wildlife. During the day watch out for goannas and snakes basking on warm roads and birds and echidnas foraging along road edges.

Where to find Wildlife

Go for a walk on Sea Dragon Lodge’s 250 acre estate or among KI’s many national and conservation parks. Take advice from park staff and use designated walking trails. Join a tour with experienced guides to gain a greater insight into animal behaviour and ecology. For nocturnal wildlife search at dawn and dusk or join a nocturnal tour. Stay on designated tracks and do not enter private land without permission.

Keep Wildlife Wild

At Sea dragon Lodge we do not feed wildlife. Human foods can cause illness and death to wildlife, so please do not feed them. Feeding wildlife also interrupts their natural patterns of behaviour, which are essential for their survival in the bush.

Injured wildlife

To report injured wildlife, you can phone Natural Resources Kangaroo Island on (08) 8553 4444 or notify parks staff.

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