17 March 2012

Visitors have just one more week to lock in a play date at Healesville Sanctuary with two baby Platypuses who now have names, thanks to our visitors who submitted hundreds of entries!

The boy is called Birrarung (Wurrundjeri for "river") and the gorgeous little girl is called Alooka (meaning "by the water").

Visitors chose from a list of 20 Wurrundjeri names honouring the indigenous people whose lands encompass the area where Healesville Sanctuary is today.

The winner of a behind-the-scenes experience for the whole family is Alex Benedict. They will all get to meet Birrarung and Alooka.

It costs $13,000 a year to feed one Platypus. Healesville Sanctuary has nine Platypus in its collection which rotate on public display. Birrarung and Alooka's last public appearance together will be this Sunday (25 March). 

Keeper talk and play sessions 1pm daily.

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