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Maremma Dogs in flight

Someone to watch over me?

Maremma Dogs and Eastern Barred Bandicoots may seem like strange bedfellows but in a new pilot program, their relationship could help save the Bandicoot from extinction.

8 August 2014
Woodlands Release

Boost for Bandicoot Release Site

On Wednesday 6 August, four Eastern Barred Bandicoots were released at Woodlands Historic Park, near Melbourne Airport as part of the recovery project to save the species from extinction.

7 August 2014
Steve the Koala - Lou Stephens

Steve welcomed at Sanctuary Harvest

Guess who’s moved in? Meet Steve, now on display at Sanctuary Harvest, where visitors are loving meeting him while ordering delicious food ready to go - sandwiches, salads and hot options.

7 August 2014
Wind damage to Woodlands Aviary

Wild winds cause damage at Healesville Sanctuary

For the safety of animals, visitors and staff, Healesville Sanctuary was forced to close last week as wild and destructive winds caused trees to fall and extensive damage to the Woodlands Aviary.

7 August 2014
Vet visit to Zoo Meerkats at RCH

Vet visit to Zoo Meerkats at Royal Children's Hospital

Once the Zoo Keepers managed to round up the eight frisky female meerkats, this morning’s veterinary visit proceeded promptly.

Almost before they knew it, the meerkats were checked, weighed, vaccinated, and back in the exhibit enjoying their post-procedure treats!

6 August 2014
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Zoos Victoria Statement on The Age article on Car Parking at Melbourne Zoo

To suggest that we want Royal Park dug up is false and offensive. We are a conservation organisation and any planning that we do whether it is inside or outside the zoo is done with the full impact of the environment in mind.

5 August 2014
Dr Scheelings at Donna the Platypus

Entangled Platypus lucky to be alive

Rubbish in waterways is a big threat to Platypus and other wildlife. Last week, the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary treated a Platypus who had been brought in by wildlife carers after she had been found crossing a main road.

5 August 2014
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Sniffing out the perfect mate

Do Eastern Barred Bandicoots actively choose their mates? If so, how do do they make that choice and what impact does it have?

4 August 2014
Bong Su's Big Birthday

Bong Su's Big Birthday

Asian Elephant Bull Bong Su is the largest animal in Australia.

He’s 3.9m tall and weighs 4,870 kg, and on Sunday he turned the big 4-0, celebrating with his Keepers and a fruit-topped banana cake.

Born in Malaysia, Bong Su came to Melbourne Zoo in 1977 as a three-year-old calf.

4 August 2014
Waiting Game for Pygmy Hippos

Waiting Game for Pygmy Hippo

Zoo Pygmy Hippo Keepers now have a month to wait before any indication of whether the introduction of Petre and Felix this week has been successful.

As the two spent so much time under water, there were no confirmed matings, but there is a possibility that the two did mate.

1 August 2014