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Healesville Sanctuary





Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary celebrate World Vet Day

Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary are celebrating World Vet Day today (27 April) and for the first time ever, have released a selection of fascinating X-rays featuring some of Australia’s most iconic native animals.

28 April 2019
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Matilda the echidna celebrates her birthday allergy free

Healesville Sanctuary’s “allergic” Echidna, Matilda, celebrated her 9th birthday today by tucking into her favourite meat slurry meal – tongue first.

 Matilda is the world’s only Echidna known to be allergic to the species’ main food group: ants.

4 April 2019
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Ten years on from Black Saturday

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires, the most devastating bushfires in Australia’s history. Tragically, 173 people lost their lives, 414 were injured and over a million wild and domesticated animals were lost.

7 February 2019
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Tiny possums complete the puzzle at Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is celebrating the recent birth of seven critically endangered Mountain Pygmy-possums – an important milestone with only around 2000 left in the world.

9 January 2019

Orange-bellied Parrot chicks bring new hope at Healesville Sanctuary

Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot chicks have hatched at Healesville Sanctuary – the first for the 2018/19 breeding season. With the situation in the wild for these unique birds so dire, a robust captive population is essential to the ongoing survival of this species.

20 December 2018
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World's first allergic echidna completes journey to recovery

We’d like to introduce you to Matilda, a sweet-natured short-beaked Echidna, with an unusual allergy. Matilda is allergic to ants. That’s right, she’s allergic to her main food group.

2 October 2018

Helmeted Honeyeaters released to the wild

Five Helmeted Honeyeaters were released on Thursday at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve in an effort to save the species from extinction.

6 September 2018

Vets come eye to eye with Spotted Tree Frog

A tiny Spotted Tree Frog, weighing in at just seven grams, had an eye examination on Friday after keepers noticed some slight cloudiness in one of his eyes.

16 July 2018
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How does a Lyrebird build her nest?

What stands at 1.2m tall and weighs 14kg…? A lyrebird nest of course!

Keepers recently noticed that Cora, our resident female Lyrebird at Healesville Sanctuary, had started to build a nest – and it’s an impressive sight to behold!

5 July 2018
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Happy Birthday to you, Mani, the Tree Kangaroo

Mani the Tree Kangaroo is celebrating her 5th birthday today at Healesville Sanctuary!

Mani was born in 2013 and arrived at the Sanctuary in early 2016 from the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra.

28 June 2018