Jennie and Bob Teasdale are the owners of The Teasdales at Pelican Lagoon, a property situated on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The property is a home and dedicated wildlife sanctuary as well a bush regeneration site. Prior to the Teasdales purchasing the property it had been a sheep grazing property for nearly 100 years. The current owners have carried out significant restoration of the property over the past 22 years, with over 12,000 trees planted and natural regeneration of endemic species encouraged. As the property’s vegetation has improved, wildlife species have returned in abundance.
The property spans 53 hectares, with over two kilometres of frontage on the shores of Pelican Lagoon, a marine conservation zone of national significance. Vegetation is comprised of coastal bitter bush (Adriana quadripartita), coastal saltbush (Atriplex cinerea), samphire (Salicornia spp.) and leucopogon, as well as eucalyptus, acacia, allocasuarina and melaleuca species.
A wide range of wildlife is present including Kangaroo Island kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus), tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Rosenberg’s monitors (Varanus rosenbergi), tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus) and over 50 native bird species.