Lathami Conservation Park


Lathami Conservation Park is closed for public safety following the recent bushfires.

The majority of the park was burnt in the January 2020 bushfire. We’re working to reopen the park.

Lathami Conservation Park is a critical habitat of glossy black-cockatoos. Kangaroo Island is home to the only South Australian population of this iconic, but endangered species. These cockatoos form lifelong mating pairs and only feed on the seeds of drooping sheoak trees. Sadly it’s estimated that 75% of the glossy black-cockatoo habitat was destroyed in the recent bushfires and they need your help. Show your support by donating to the Wildlife Recovery Fund which will work toward re-stablishing habitats for our precious wildlife.

Kangaroo Island is a big place and if you’re thinking about visiting, there’s still plenty to do. Round up some friends and plan a trip to Kangaroo Island with the help of’s itineraries.

Download the National Parks of Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide: May 2022 to see what’s open now.

More information on bushfire recovery

Contact details

Visitor information, bookings and park management:

National Parks Wildlife Service South Australia Kangaroo Island office

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4444

Emergency contacts:

Medical, fire (including bushfire) and police emergency situations
Phone: Triple Zero - 000

Police Assistance
Phone: 131 444 for non-urgent police assistance

National Parks and Wildlife Service SA – After-hours duty officer
Phone: 0477 334 898

Injured wildlife:

Within the park
Please contact National Parks Wildlife Service South Australia Kangaroo Island office on (08) 8553 4444 or the after-hours duty officer on 0477 334 898.

Outside of the park
Please contact a local wildlife rescue group

Marine mammals
If you find a sick or stranded marine mammal (including whales, seals, sea lions and dolphins), please contact National Parks Wildlife Service South Australia Kangaroo Island office on (08) 8553 4444 or the after-hours duty officer on 0477 334 898.

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the traditional and contemporary cultural connection of the Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Narrunga and Kaurna people to Kangaroo Island. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and recognise the deep spiritual attachment and ongoing relationship that Aboriginal people have to Country.

Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.

There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations. At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.

In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia.

European history

This park was proclaimed in 1987, following representations to the State Government from botanists and conservation organisations, who sought to prevent further vegetation clearance to ensure habbitat protection for the Glossy Black Cockatoo. The name of the reserve relates to the scientific name of Glossy Black Cockatoo.