Naracoorte Caves National Park in Australia with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider Duck and the humans visited a World Heritage Site.

Naracoorte Caves National Park

Naracoorte Caves National Park

We entered the Naracoorte Caves.

Going into cave

Going into cave

There are many stalactites and stalagmites.

Inside cave

Inside cave

Stalactites come from the roof and stalagmites come from the floor.   They are created from dripping water, entering through openings in the ceiling.

Inside cave

Inside cave

There are many smaller cave areas within the cave system.

Inside cave

Inside cave

A flashlight placed on a thin shelf of the cave causes a glow in the rock.

Flashlight on thin shelf

Flashlight on thin shelf

More recently another part of the cave system was found and it contains great fossils.   This is believed to be an ancestor of today’s kangaroo.

Fossil inside cave

Fossil inside cave

Some people believe this was an ancestor of today’s wombat.

Fossil inside cave

Fossil inside cave

In the area of the caves, we saw The Australian Fossil Mammal Site.   The Wonambi Fossil Center shows how the caves acted a pitfall traps, dens and roost for more than 500,000 years leading to a vast accumulation of skeletal remains of reptiles, birds and mammals.

Wonambi Fossil Center

Wonambi Fossil Center

So far, about 130 species of animals have been recorded here.    Entering the Wonambi Fossil Center, we were greeted by this, now extinct, Tasmanian Tiger.

Tasmanian Tiger--extinct

Tasmanian Tiger–extinct

It is so sad that he is extinct.   We love tigers.   They are some of our favorite animals at any zoo.    We liked this display also.

Extinct

Extinct

Another great display.

Display in Wonambi Fossil Center

Display in Wonambi Fossil Center

 

This one is very large.   Scientists believe he evolved into much smaller animals today.

So big!

So big!

We love going into caves and seeing these fossils.   We hope  you visit these or any other caves soon.   But, beware.   Humans like these caves, and so do bats.

We like caves

We like caves

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