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Zoos Victoria is the custodian of 142 hectares of bushland adjacent to Healesville Sanctuary. Significant as the largest remnant of intact Yarra Valley floor forest and for its island position amongst cleared land, the Coranderrk is in urgent need of restoration.
Project Cost: $2.2 million
Total Raised: $632,000
To achieve this vision for the Coranderrk Bushland Reserve, Zoos Victoria is undertaking a strategic restoration plan that will reinvigorate the bushland, and return it to a state reminiscent of 150 years ago.
The land is home to around 10% of Victoria’s plant species and 264 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs and fish. It also has a rich indigenous history and there are many sites of cultural heritage significance protected within the reserve, including scar trees.
Restoration activities include the establishment of a feral animal free zone from which foxes, cats, rabbits, and deer will be eradicated. This will create a safe haven for our native animals and be ideal habitat for the reintroduction for some of our threatened species.
The Coranderrk supports a high diversity of fauna, including 198 bird species – including the Powerful Owl, Blue-billed Duck (both endangered), Grey Goshawk and White-bellied Sea Eagle (both vulnerable); 42 species of mammal – including the threatened Southern Brown Bandicoot and the unique Platypus; 37 species of reptiles, amphibians and fish – including the Lace Monitor (vulnerable); and 12 species of bats – including the Large-footed Myotis (near threatened) and Eastern Broad-nosed Bat.
The 2009 Victorian bushfires devastated much of the Yarra Valley and surrounding regions. As a result, the significance of the Coranderrk has been elevated. Zoos Victoria is committed to the protection and development of this site.
How to help
- Be part of this exciting project and donate today.
For more information, or for partnership opportunities please contact the Zoos Victoria Foundation team
03 9340 2770
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