Gwen Dempster-Schouten also known as 'the wallaby lady' has been hand-rearing orphaned young wallabies since 1977 and opened EnkleDooVery Korna to the paying public in October 1999.
'A hunter brought me my first orpahaned baby wallaby to rear, hence began my love affair with these very appealing animals.
'They are difficult to rear needing constant care to be kept warm, to be fed every three hours night and day with special milk mix. This takes strong commitment and a real love of animals. It is a common sight to have rows of woolly jerseys made into pouches hanging from kitchen cupboards every spring. Small fluffy faces peek out watching my every move - to them I'm Mum; to me they're my kids!'
Hand feed the wallabies
EnkleDooVery Korna offers the visitor a fascinating and unique experience. In September 2001 Gwen extended her wallaby family area by adding large enclosures, aptly named 'Wallaby Wander'. Visitors can wander at their leisure to view the wallabies in separate enclosures and have the opportunity to feed and photograph wallaby families and cuddle orphan baby wallabies when available.
EnkleDooVery Korna has other special friends on the extensive property which include bantams, possums and some rare breed Finlayson sheep.
No visit would be complete without viewing the historic trappers hut and memorabilia of times past.
Open daily from the 20th of September until the 10th of June, from 10am - 5pm. No EFTPOS or credit card facilities are available. If you need cash the money machine is located on the main street of Waimate. Visit the shops while you are there.
Tame Wallaby Park
71 Bathgates Rd, 10RD, Waimate
P. (03) 689 7197
Children under 12 years $10
Children under 2 years free
No eftpos or Visa facilities
Money machine on Queen St, Waimate.
September 20 to June 10
Open 7 days 10am - 5pm
June 11 to September 19
Visits are by appointment, weather dependant or
chance between 10am and 4pm