Kentucky Vacation, Day 3: Going Down Under (Part 1)

May 29, 2008

The third day of our vacation was devoted to Kentucky Down Under. I will tell you, I nearly choked when it cost us $75 to get in. Especially since the “free gift” the brochure promised us was nothing more than a few postcards. I figured we had just been royally ripped off.

I WAS SO WRONG! It was quite possibly the best $75 I’ve ever spent. Noodle kept calling it a zoo but really, it was so much more than that. Here’s how we spent our day there…

First, we got loads of good information from Carol in the Visitor’s Center. She told us the best times to do most of the featured activities, marked everything out nicely for us on a map, etc. If you ever happen to go, make sure you ask for Carol — she’s a fountain of information for a first time visitor!

After that, we wandered up the hill, bypassing the budgie area. Carol recommended that we save that until we were on our way out, so we kept walking. At the top of the hill there was a large group of school children eating lunch. A peacock was wandering nearby, showing off his plumage. We took a few pics of the peacock (why, I don’t know, because I see them at our local zoo all the time), then kept walking down the path.

The first animal we saw was a dingo. I don’t know what I was expecting — maybe since they’re referred to as “wild Australian dogs,” I thought I would see a snarling beast the size of a wolf and twice as scary. Whatever it was that I’d been expecting to see, it certainly wasn’t this:

Honestly, he was just a cute little dog with a head that was slightly too big for his body. Not vicious, not threatening. Kind of cute/pitiful, really.

Anyway, from there we strolled down to the Bird Garden, where a dozen or so birds were hanging out in their pens. They were not at all flighty (pardon the pun) but seemed quite comfortable interacting with humans. We were able to get close to their cages without them retreating from view, and many of the birds were vocalizing at us. The kookaburra, in particular, was skilled at carrying on a conversation. Trevor got him going and he wouldn’t shut up! here’s a video:

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Merry merry king of the bush is he
Laugh Kookaburra, laugh Kookaburra
Gay your life must be

From there, we went to the aviary, where we were given a small cup of nectar to feed the rainbow lorikeets.  Once we got over the initial shock of having birds land on us, it was quite fun.  Here’s Trevor with one of the lorikeets on his shoulder.  (He’s still a little apprehensive here.  Can you tell?)

Our fun at Kentucky Down Under was just beginning!  I’ll post the rest of our Australian-themed adventures later.



  1. What fun! I love the laughing bird. You could just down load the sound to have as your laugh track… :0

  2. I love that video of the kookaburra! That was so funny!

    I felt the same way about the dingo. I expected hairy and scary, and he was just . . . cute.

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