Happy Birthday

Healesville Sanctuary turns 81!

Healesville Sanctuary celebrates its 81st birthday this weekend, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May. That’s 81 years of memories for millions of visitors who have passed through the gates since opening in 1934. Celebrate with FREE entry for special visitors* - and FREE birthday cake for all.

28 May 2015
Norton and Gerry

Norton and his very own Wildlife Hero

Norton, a Short-beaked Echidna, came into the Australian Wildlife Health Centre (AWHC) at Healesville Sanctuary in mid-March. He was found wandering around near the road and was rescued by a member of the public.

27 May 2015
Lion Johari with Nilo and Niribi

The beginnings of a new pride

Over the last month, lionesses Nilo and Niribi have been spending time with male Lion Johari at Werribee Open Range Zoo, as the introduction process continues to progress.

27 May 2015
Gorilla Julia

Vale Julia

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our female gorillas, Julia.

24 May 2015
Maimunah celebrates birthday

Maimunah celebrates birthday

Sumatran Orang-utan Maimunah has celebrated her 29th birthday with a Zoo Bakery banana cake topped with strawberries and banana slices, plus surprise parcels of treats.

Her actual birthday is May 23, but Keepers chose to celebrate today because it is World Biodiversity Day.

22 May 2015
Morning Concerts

Morning Concerts

Visitors near the Lion Gorge or Bear Exhibit in the early mornings are now likely to be treated to the sounds of the singing Siamangs!

20 May 2015
Wild Sea Reunion

Wild Sea Reunion

New Zealand Fur Seal Pania is a new arrival at the Zoo, now being reunited with another seal that she lived alongside in their previous home.

18 May 2015
Rosie and Rascal

Running around after Rascal

Red Kangaroo Rosie is the proud new mum of Rascal our first kangaroo joey for the year.

18 May 2015
Lioness Nilo with enrichment

Werribee Open Range Zoo marks major milestone

Werribee Open Range Zoo has marked a major milestone, welcoming half a million visitors in a single, financial year.

This is the highest visitation ever recorded in the Zoo’s 32-year history.

18 May 2015
Endangered eggs excitement

Endangered eggs excitement

Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary Keepers embarked on an exciting and important journey: a trip to Mt. Kosciuszko with a container of 680 eggs of Australia’s most endangered frog species, the Corroboree Frog.

12 May 2015