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This weekend we visited the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, GA.  This is a really great place with lots of land for the animals but it's set up so that it's not too difficult for humans to traverse.   We got to see all different breeds of Kangaroo's as well as other interesting animals from down under.  The center has developed a successful breeding program to help some animals that are now endangered in Australia.  I didn't realize just how many animals in Australia are endangered of extinction, it's scary.  We learned that an animal as innocuous seeming as a bunny rabbit when introduced to a habitat with limited predators could actually eat so much that the native animals perish.  As a gardener I know how painful invasive plants are, this seems worse to me.
The center is set up beautifully with aviaries throughout and places where you can pet Kangaroos who wish for this attention.  The animals are fenced so they can get away from undesired attention which seems more humane than a petting zoo.
It also serves as a wildlife refuge for many of the native woodland animals including deer and hawks.  I missed the picture but we did get to see a deer grazing on one side of the fence with a Kangaroo grazing next to her on the other side of the fence.  Where else are you going to see that?

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  1. Very cool! Who even knew there was such a place??


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