Lyrebirds are an iconic Australian bird species with a strong connection to the temperate rainforests in and around the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Healesville Sanctuary has a strong history and reputation with breeding and displaying the Lyrebird.
As one of the world’s most unique and stunning songbirds, visitors should leave in awe of these beautiful birds. However, currently the existing fifty year old Lyrebird aviary at Healesville Sanctuary fails to deliver an engaging and educational visitor experience.
The proposed new lyrebird aviary entry will include a giant bower, as constructed by bowerbirds, for visitors to pass through. An elevated boardwalk with break out areas will be constructed. A canopy tower that enables access into the secrets of the canopy where visitors can sit amongst the forest pigeons and enjoy the ambiance will add a unique experience. The aviary will become a cool climate, misty rainforest with botanical understory featuring Tree Ferns, Pomaderis, fungi and mosses. A mountain stream and splashing waterfall will be feature elements, along with places for visitors to sit and appreciate the tranquillity of the environment.
Twice daily talks and insect feeds will provide an exciting opportunity to engage with staff, volunteers and many of the residents in the habitat.
The lyrebird experience will be targeted to all visitor segmentations to enhance visitor experience and reinforce conservation messages. The lyrebird will be an ambassador species to engage visitors in conservation and encourage an appreciation of the natural environment.
Project Cost $250,000
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