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Healesville Sanctuary




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
Healesville Sanctuary animals visit kids in hospital video

Healesville Sanctuary wildlife visit Monash Children’s Hospital

In the lead up to World Kindness Day this weekend, Healesville Sanctuary has once again teamed up with the Monash Children's Hospital.

Monash Children’s Hospital hosted some furry friends from Healesville Sanctuary bringing smiles and laughter to the wards.

9 November 2016
Guthega Skink

Sanctuary celebrates the end of skinks’ big sleep

Healesville Sanctuary’s threatened species keepers celebrated this week as the endangered Guthega Skinks woke from their first-ever hibernation at the Sanctuary.

21 October 2016
Chantilly at the Sanctuary

Catch Chantilly the Lace Monitor in action at Healesville Sanctuary

Today is Reptile Awareness Day and Healesville Sanctuary is celebrating scaly and slithery native reptiles!

An encounter with Australia’s unique reptiles is one not to be missed, especially a meeting with Chantilly the Lace Monitor.

21 October 2016