For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, Executive Director
Angie Manning, Communications Director
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Aussie Kingdom at Contraband Days

LAKE CHARLES, La. (April 16, 2013)-Avast...Australia meets Louisiana? Attendees enjoying the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival will be introduced to the wonders of "Down Under" and be able to interact with several different species of pouched animals such as kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Also offered are other native Australian wildlife including lizards and birds such as the kookaburra, rainbow lorikeet and bearded and frill dragons. Seeing, touching and hearing the stories behind these captivating creatures will capture the imaginations of everyone.

As festival-goers wonder throughout the educational and interactive areas, they will learn about native Australian art, musical instruments and other animals, found only in Australia! Aussie Kingdom offers this opportunity of a lifetime, along with an ongoing display of the animals throughout the day.

Coming from Colorado the wonderful little mob of roos are shown by bush guide Carolyn Lantz: "I think we are more likely to preserve what we know," said Lantz, and "I truly enjoy showing these animals and helping to educate people on just how unique they are."

This program is also offered to area schools, and students will be able to attend Aussie Kingdom for a private show. Aussie Kingdom is the only traveling Australian Animal Show in the United States and Canada.

Show times are Thursdays and Fridays May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 10 a.m. for schools. There will be two shows, Thursdays and Fridays both weekends Saturdays May 4 and May 12, there are shows at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, shows will be held at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Aussie Kingdom is sponsored by McDonald's of Lake Charles. More information can be found at For details on the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival, visit or call the festival office at (337) 436-5508.