Gwen 'the wallaby lady' has been hand raising orphaned baby wallabies since 1977 and opened EnkleDooVery Korna to the 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 are my kids'!
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 enclosurers and have the opportunity to feed and photograph wallaby families and cuddle over 60 handraised orphan wallaby babies.
EnkleDooVery Korna has other special friends on the extensive property which include bantams, possums and some rare breed Finlayson sheep. Meet Muffin, a 'differently-abled' miniature pony, who thrives on lots of hugs and cuddles from visitors.
No visit would be complete without viewing the historic trappers hut and memorabilia of times past.
TAME WALLABLIES AT ENKLEDOOVERY KORNA
Bathgates Road Waimate
Phone 03 689 7197
Operates from 20th September until after Queens Birthday weekend (June 10)
Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm or by appointment
* Happy to open by appointment during off season *