Angela and Bruce Anderson are the owners of Ringtail Creek Sanctuary, a rural property located approximately 35km Southeast of Gympie. The property is a residence and dedicated wildlife sanctuary, and it is Angela and Bruce’s intent to continue eradicating weeds (identified by Landcare) in an effort to leave the land in a far better state than they found it. Bounding the sanctuary is an identified high biodiversity belt in the Noosa Shire, a feature that contributed to Angela and Bruce’s decision to make this the place they would retire.
The sanctuary covers 2.02 hectares of undulating hinterland remnant rainforest, with a small cleared area gardened with native species. Vegetation species of note include ficus trees (Ficus benjamina) and banyan figs (Ficus macrophylla), as well as many bangalow (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana), Macarthur (Ptychosperma macarthurii) and other palms. Two small dams are present on the property, both of which are surrounded by natural vegetation.
Known wildlife inhabitants on the sanctuary include lace monitors (Varanus varius), snakes, short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), butterflies, agile wallabies (Macropus agilis) and abundant bird life, with species including yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), wompoo fruit doves (Ptilinopus magnificus), regent bowerbirds (Sericulus chrysocephalus), kingfishers, blue-winged kookaburras (Dacelo leachii), Eastern whipbirds (Psophodes olivaceus) and pale-headed rosellas (Platycercus adscitus).
- Angela has written and illustrated a fantastic book inspired by the birdlife of Ringtail Creek Sanctuary. To view a copy in your web browser, click here, or for a copy in .epub format, click here. There are also print editions available through the second link above, with all proceeds donated to Humane Society International.