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Healesville Sanctuary

Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healsville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley. Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet some iconic Australian animals like Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus, Dingoes, Wombats and Emus.

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Leo the Echidna puggle tested fate when he was found at only a month old in a garden bed in Badger Creek. Luckily for Leo, he was brought straight to Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre (AWHC) and was given a fighting chance to survive. |

Keeper Amie has been enjoying the spring sunshine with this gorgeous baby wombat at Healesville Sanctuary | Photo credit: Keeper Julie

This little wombat is just one of many orphaned animals that Keeper Amie Hindson and staff at Healesville Sanctuary are caring for around the clock. You can meet this little wombat and other baby animals at the Healesville Sanctuary baby burrow. See for more information. | Photo credit: Rob Leeson, Herald Sun

Getting ready for spring, Devil keeper Mick tried to plant some new trees in the Devils’ Playground - but not without some “help”. Mary and Echo decided new trees were their new toys. Mick dug the Devils some extra holes for them to play in so while they were distracted he could get on with the planting. |

This is koala, Benni, from Healesville Sanctuary. He is dad to Steve, Dindi and the Sanctuary's newest joey, the first girl to be born at Healesville Sanctuary in eight years! |

Healesville Sanctuary’s Helmeted Honeyeaters have produced their first eggs for the season! This is the second year in a row that this mum has successfully bred. We have 15 breeding pairs here at Healesville Sanctuary and, with only 90 birds left in the wild, these new chicks-to-be will be critical for the survival of this species. |

The Helmeted Honeyeater is Critically Endangered. There are currently three small semi-wild populations established in remnant streamside swamp forest to the east of Melbourne. They can be identified by their distinctive yellow tufts on either side of their heads. |

Guess who’s moved in? Meet Steve, now on display at Sanctuary Harvest, where visitors are loving meeting him while ordering delicious food.

Steve welcomed at Sanctuary Harvest | Zoos Victoria

Get up close to Australia’s best-loved birds in Healesville Sanctuary’s spectacular walk-through aviary. Find out who’s who in the parrot world, who’s endangered (and why), who’s a survivor – and why trees are so important. Who knows, you might become a perch for one of our magnificent birds! |

Wondering how long a koala sleeps for? They are mainly nocturnal animals, and will spend about 18–20 hours sleeping because their metabolism is slow. This is an adaptation for handling a diet that is low in nutrition and hard to digest. |

Did you know that a koalas’ fur is different according to their habitat? It is longer and thicker in the south, where winters are colder! |

Alpine wildlife have the coolest winter adaptations, but what’s your survival tactic to withstand the cold? Are you an insulator like our Koalas who brave the cold in their cosy coats to protect them from the cold? |

Alpine wildlife have the coolest winter adaptations, but what’s your survival tactic to withstand the cold? Are you a hibernator like our Mountain Pygmy-possums, curling up indoors and sleeping the winter away? |

Healesville Sanctuary is ready to brave the cold – and so is Ryan! Bring your winter woollies and experience faux snow play, puddle zones and Australian stories by the campfire. There is also a delicious warm lunch menu at Sanctuary Harvest. Be enchanted by our Winter Wonderland these school holidays. There’s always something new! |

Madeline is loving the faux snow at Healesville Sanctuary these school holidays. Do you like to brave the cold during winter, or stay rugged up indoors? We promise you’ll love the Sanctuary’s Winter Wonderland. Come and learn what our Australian wildlife does to stay warm during these cooler months. |

Matthew is loving the faux snow-play in Healesville Sanctuary’s beautiful Winter Wonderland. Bring your raincoats and gumboots these school holidays and experience a winter like no other. All activities are free – and so are kids! |

Wondering what’s for lunch? For Sunny, Healesville Sanctuary’s curious Echidna, it’s a mushy mix of minced meat, egg, bran, fly pupae, vitamins, calcium and oil – and fresh termites when they’re available! Still hungry? |

It’s been a rough start for young wombat Scarlett. At only 15months, she has been through the wars! After a check-up at Healesville Sanctuary’s Wildlife Hospital, the vets have provided on-going care to support her. She is on the mend again. |

Did someone say birthday cake? Kuma has just turned 12 and is one of Healesville Sanctuary’s best loved Dingoes. We think he’s still one of our most handsome boys, don’t you?

Aaaawwwweee look at the cute Leadbeaters possum c/o The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. May 16 2012.

Yammi Enjoys A Tummy Tickle. Yammi, the Platypus, enjoys a tummy tickle from her keeper. She really does enjoy it - she keeps coming back for more! Taken in Tales From Platypus Creek at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia.

Tree kangaroos can leap to the ground from heights of up to 18 metres or even more, without injury

Did you know... They body is covered with spines about 5cm long. Echidnas have fur growing as well, between the spines.

Koala hugs at Healesville Sanctuary. There is no sibling rivalry with these sisters, particularly when the weather gets a little cooler and they share a cuddle.

Taken at Healesville sanctuary

The impressive Black-breasted Buzzard can grow up to 60cm in length and a wingspan of up to 155cm.

Black-breasted Buzzard | Zoos Victoria

Also known as the ‘Spiny Ant-eater’ and ‘Short-beaked Echidna’, this species is found widely around Australia and in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Echidna species and the Platypus are the only animals in the Monotremata order: mammals that lay eggs.

Bob has had a busy time at Healesville Sanctuary, meeting visitors and spending time in his new play area.

Brendon from Panic! At The Disco shows us how its done...

The boys from Panic! At The Disco, Brendon and Kenneth, visited Healesville Sanctuary whlie in town for Soundwave 2014

Brendon and Kenneth from Panic! At The Disco get a dingo kiss at Healesville Sanctuary

The Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby can bound great distances, up and across rocky terrain.

A Potoroo Finds A Treat. A small family of Long Nosed Potoroos live in the Land Of Parrots at Healesville sanctuary in Victoria, Australia. They do well on treats dropped by the messy parrots1

Healesville, Victoria, Australia

Did you know that the brain of a Koala of average size weighs only 17 grams?!

Rock Wallaby at Healesville Sanctuary in Australia.

The Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia is the new home for an orphaned baby Platypus, called a "puggle." Named "Yamacoona" (Wurundjeri for "water spirit"), this tiny baby weighed only 335 grams when she arrived at the Sanctuary in a critical condition four weeks ago

Parrot resident of Healesville Sanctuary

Black Parrot Healesville Sanctuary

Rupert, a three-month-old wombat joey, sits in a teacup at the Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria, Australia. He was rescued from his mother's pouch when she was killed by a car.

The Australian Wildlife Health Centreat Healesville Sanctuary treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year

Dingoes howling at Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria

Did you know..? Their bite is the strongest of any mammal relative to their body weight

Meet our adorable little Satin Bowerbird chick from Healesville Sanctuary. This chick recently fell from his nest and is being hand raised by Keeper Karina. When it reaches adulthood this bird will be an olive green colour. If it’s a male, when it reaches 7 years of age it will develop stunning shiny satin-black plumage. Either way it is destined to delight visitors in Healesville Sanctuary's new land of parrots aviary.

Mother and son koala at Healesville Sanctuary

Colourful parrots at Healesville Sanctuary

Barking Owl, so-named because their call sounds like a barking dog!

Dingos on the loose at Healesville Sanctuary!

Omeo the Dingo says thanks to Keeper Tammika for the refreshing swim in Badger Creek yesterday.

Day three of Victoria's heat wave... Our Koalas at Healesville Sanctuary have found a place to relax and rest out of the sun!

Koalas relaxing in the heat at Healesville Sanctuary!

Keepers at Healesville Sanctuary took Dingoes Omeo and Dargo for a walk through Badger Creek today to help them cool off. Here Omeo enjoys a splash in Badger Creek.

This summer at Healesville Sanctuary, learn to throw a boomerang with Wurrundjeri elder Murrundindi. And, if it doesn’t come back, don’t worry, we have plenty! There’s always something new to do at Healesville Sanctuary.

Dingoes are naturally shy with a wild and independent nature, behaving more like cats than domestic dogs

Secure your place on Sunday January 12 or Sunday January 19 for the TarraWarra Museum of Art Future Memorials exhibition and Healesville Sanctuary combined tour. You'll learn about the history of the Coranderrk in a special guided tour, then take the Spirit of the Land Indigenous walking tour at Healesville Sanctuary, escorted by Wurundjeri Elder, Murrindindi. Availability is limited. For pricing and bookings visit or phone (03) 5957 3100.

Before you walk through to Healesville Sanctuary, you can get your first glimpse at one of our Australian animals! The new Koala exhibit is located to the left, near the front entrance, so make sure you swing by before heading into the Sanctuary.

Watch out - dingoes on the loose! For the first time in Healesville Sanctuary's 79 year history, the Dingoes are leaving their exhibit. See how fast they can run and how good they are at hunting. At Healesville Sanctuary, there are predators lurking around every corner these school holidays - which one will you meet?

Meet six year old Tahni, the first Numbat to be on display in Victoria. You can see her in the nocturnal house at Healesville Sanctuary. Healesville Sanctuary is open every day of the year.

Barking Owl at Healesville Sanctuary

Keepers at Healesville Sanctuary got together yesterday afternoon to help Reptile Keepers measure and weigh Monty the Scrub Python. Monty weighed in at 18kg and a massive length of 4 metres. Scrub Pythons are Australia’s largest species of snakes and in the wild they can eat animals up to the size of a small wallaby.

Healesville Sanctuary vets released Mr. Meccano, a Common Long-necked Turtle back into a dam at Domaine Chandon last week. Mr. Meccano was one of 19 turtles that have been bought into the Australian Wildlife Health Centre this season after being hit by cars.

Red Ears In The Sun. Tasmanian Devils basking in the sun at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia. eir ears glow!

For the first time in Healesville Sanctuary’s 79 year history, Dingoes are being let loose this Summer. Come and visit them at the Sanctuary from the 21st of December. Photo credit: Amie Hindson

Healesville Sanctuary has recently celebrated the birth of two Bush Stone Curlew chicks! At just one day old, the chicks are already running around and feeding on their own. Mum and Dad are taking it in turns to look after them and, when they're asleep, keep the chicks tucked up safe under their wings. Why don't you come and visit them this weekend? There's always something new at Healesville Sanctuary!

Did you know the Australian green grocer, Cyclochila australasiae, is one of the loudest insects in the world? The drone of cicadas is one of Healesville Sanctuary's most recognisable sounds of summer. Cicadas sing most actively in hot weather and do their most spirited singing during the hotter hours of a summer day.

Meet Ricky and Magnet who arrived at Healesville Sanctuary this week. They have been paired together to be raised by a wildlife carer until they are old enough to be released back to the wild.

Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley wine region. Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet some iconic Australian animals like Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus, Dingoes, Wombats and Emus in their natural surrounds. Healesville Sanctuary is internationally renowned for its work saving endangered Australian species at the Australian Wildlife Centre. Take a visit to the centre, which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year.

Healesville Sanctuary

These precious “murrock” (Indigenous for “parrot”) were sent out with the message from the local Needwonnee Aboriginal community: “You are safe, you are family, you are welcomed in country.” Some of the birds are staying around the release crew who are monitoring their behaviour. Such an exciting time for everyone working to save this beautiful bird.

Did you know? Dingoes are naturally shy with a wild and independent nature, behaving more like cats than domestic dogs

Last week at Healesville Sanctuary school groups saw Tasmanian Devils, Mountain Pygmy-possums and Wombats being treated by our dedicated vet team at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre. They watched two film crews taping the procedures for upcoming documentaries. They were able to look down a microscope to try and diagnose disease with real wildlife cases.

Have your kids taken the Fighting Extinction Challenge? This full day program uses a hands-on approach where students are not in classrooms but truly immersed in the amazing learning environment at Healesville Sanctuary. They find out what we are doing to save endangered Australian animals then we challenge them to come up with their own actions to fight extinction. To find out more, visit

Ribbit the Tawny Frogmouth was abandoned by his mother but has luckily been receiving tender loving care (and a tasty diet of mince and insectivore 10 times a day) at Healesville Sanctuary this week

Today is a wonderful milestone for Zoos Victoria: eight Tasmanian Devils from Healesville Sanctuary will be returned to the wilds of Tasmania – for the first time ever today. They will be released on Maria Island off Tasmania’s East Coast to join a small population of disease-free devils established there over the past year.

They say you should never work with children and animals, but Monash Children’s Hospital and Healesville Sanctuary is teaming up to break that rule.

Healesville Sanctuary staff today said Bye Bye to Bumpy the Wombat who is off to start a new life in sunny Queensland. It's all part of an exchange program with accredited zoos and other partners all over the world.

Australian Kestrel Rusty will be “given his wings” to launch National Bird Week, flying freely in Healesville Sanctuary’s midday Spirits of the Sky presentation on Saturday 19 October. National Bird Week will run from 19-25 October. Bird lovers can enjoy Healesville Sanctuary’s 816 birds on display – an amazing 86 species – including the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeaters and Orange-bellied Parrots.

Amazing artwork at Healesville Sanctuary being created today!

Check out the amazing artwork being created in our Kids’ Nature Play area at Healesville Sanctuary today.