while it's true that there are all manner of unusual and frightening creatures that dwell in the australian outback, it's also probably the case that they are more afraid of us than vice versa. i was quite concerned about encountering spiders and crocodiles and yet ultimately, equally disappointed to not run across a single one!
so, off to the territory wildlife park where all the fantastic, creepy, dark and dangerous specimens dwell. it's impossible to see them all at once, if ever in the wild. it really is a must-see.
on an unrelated note, this owl in particular reminded me of a recurring image from david lynch's twin peaks. in the show it was a sort of abstract motif for mystery and an unknown darkness unfolding in a small town. when i saw it i remembered this song: