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                                 Australia Down Under

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My most recent adventure was visiting Queensland, Australia and the world-famous Australia Zoo, home of the
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.  The zoo was established in 1970 as a four acre reptile park and today boasts more
than 1,000 animals on over 70 acres of land.  You can get up close and personal to these gorgeous creatures and
enjoy the Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum.  Chris had a CRIKEY of a time!!!  Above is a statue of the Irwin
family including Steve, Terri, Bindi, Robert, a crocodile and their beloved dog Sue.  
 

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Wombats are closely related to Koala Bears
 
 
 
 

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Here Chris is holding an Australian Bush-Tailed Possum.
 
 

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Being next to a Komodo Dragon, which can grow up to 10 feet,

was one of Chris's greatest life experiences.

 

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It is believed that the largest crocodile ever recorded in the world was 23 ft long!

  

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Chris came across this tranquil freshwater lagoon.

 

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An extremely rare and famous Tasmanian Devil 
 

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The Short-Beaked Echidna known as the spiny

anteater because of its diet of ants and termites.

 

 

 

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The koala bear is considered to be one of the most unique
animals in the world.  They sleep for over 19 hours each day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chris dove on the Big Island of Hawaii with over 20 manta rays
swimming around him.  Unbelievable!
 
 

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Manta Rays can be up to 25 feet in length and weigh as much as 5,000 pounds. 


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Wombats are very strong burrowers
 
 
 

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There are 27 species of possums in Australia. 

  

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The Komodo Dragon is the largest and deadliest lizard 

in the world.  Its bite can kill a human within five hours. 

  

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Chris clowning around with a replica of the large beast.

 

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Chris came across this beautiful Stag Horn plant

on his walk-about.

 

 

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Chris observing some more of the beautiful plants

along the Sunshine Coast.

 

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The Glass House Mountains and are fantastic volcanic crags.  
What a spectacular site to visit!
 
 

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The famous Captain Cook named these mountains

The Glass House Mountains where many Aboriginal

people gathered for ceremonies and trading.

 

 

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Chris in Steve Irwin's Crocodile Hunter jeep.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DIVING WITH THE MANTA RAYS
ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII 
 

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 It is believed that the Manta Ray evolved millions of years ago into the creature we know it to be today. 
 
 

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            What a thrill!