Wonambi Fossil Centre
Science and theatre come together at the Wonambi Fossil Centre, the park's visitor centre, to provide a snapshot of ancient Naracoorte. Step back in time and discover what Naracoorte was like over 200,000 years ago!
Palaeontologists have been studying the fossils and bones found in the caves for over 30 years. From them they have been able to determine the range of species that made up Naracoorte's ancient animal communities.
Around 120 species of vertebrate animals have been recorded to date. They represent four of the major vertebrate groups: amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
The interpretive centre also shows you how the caves have acted as pitfall traps, dens and roosts for more than 500,000 years, leading to a vast accumulation of skeletal remains of reptiles, birds and mammals.
The Fossil Centre recreates a time when the local animal community was more diverse than today. For example, 200,000 years ago there were some 20 kangaroo species in the area. Now there are just four.
Come and enjoy fossil displays and a walk-through diorama with life-sized models of extinct animals in their ancient habitats.