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Into the night – reflections on two decades chasing Victoria’s fairy possum

By Dr Dan Harley

In 1994, I started chasing a small possum into the dark. Twenty-three years later I am still searching.

22 March 2017
Devil release with Dr Marissa Parrott, Reproductive Biologist

International Women’s Day at Zoos Victoria

Today we’re celebrating International Women’s Day at Zoos Victoria. We’re lucky to have some remarkable women as part of the organisation, working on fighting wildlife extinction. From PhD-qualified animal welfare and reproductive specialists to Zoo Keepers and Vets working at one of our three zoos, their stories are rich and varied and an inspiration to anyone hoping to make a difference to the lives of our precious endangered species. 

8 March 2017
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Devil of a toothache

It’s a brave dentist that puts their hand up for the job of dental care on a Tasmanian Devil toddler! But for one dentist it is just another day at the office.

1 March 2017
Koala and joey

Spend Australia Day at the Zoo

Come and hang out with some of Australia’s iconic wildlife friends at Zoos Victoria this Australia Day!

With events planned at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, Australia Day at the Zoo will have even more of an Aussie accent than usual!

25 January 2017
Orange-bellied Parrot bumper breeding season YouTube video

Bumper breeding season at Healesville Sanctuary

Over 40 Orange-bellied Parrots have hatched at Healesville Sanctuary making it one of the most successful breeding seasons yet. 

19 January 2017
In surgery

Cancer treatment first at Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary’s oldest animal, Jess, a 46-year-old Wedge-tailed Eagle underwent radiation treatment yesterday.

This is the first time this kind of procedure has been performed in the Sanctuary’s 83 year history.

17 January 2017
Kangaroos in their new temporary exhibit

Kangaroos on the move at Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary’s Kangaroos were on the hop last week busily moving homes before Christmas. The roos moved into temporary accommodation while their home undergoes major renovations that are due to open in December 2017.

22 December 2016
Cheetah christmas

Christmas Day at the zoos

All of Victoria’s three great zoos will be open on Christmas Day.

19 December 2016
Ross Williamson

Healesville Sanctuary announces new director

Healesville Sanctuary’s new director has been appointed and comes from within the Zoos Victoria family.

Ross Williamson will take up the role of Healesville Sanctuary Director on 9 January 2017 and has a strong focus on conservation.

15 December 2016
Petra the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby joey

Wallaby joey boom at Healesville Sanctuary

Zoo Keepers at Healesville Sanctuary have now confirmed sightings of ten wallaby joeys in the Wallaby Paddock at Healesville Sanctuary.

18 November 2016