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Healesville Sanctuary





World Turtle Day

Today (Tuesday 23 May) is World Turtle Day and we’d like to share the story of two patients at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary at the moment.

Cisco the Murray River Turtle arrived with horrific injuries from a fish hook.

22 May 2017

Vale Benni

Healesville Sanctuary is saddened to announce the tragic loss of Benni the Koala.

Veterinary staff made the very difficult decision to euthanise the eight year old after his health suddenly deteriorated.

9 May 2017

Keeping an eye on an old favourite

When keepers noticed inflammation around Fleay the Platypus’ left eye, they wasted no time in calling in Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr Andrew Turner.

5 May 2017

World Veterinary Day Saturday 29 April 2017

Today is World Veterinary Day and we would like you to join us in saying a huge thank you to our vets and vet nurses who work at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary.

28 April 2017
Southern Corroboree Frog with eggs

A small boost for wild Southern Corroboree Frog population

Thanks to the hard work of the Southern Corroboree Frog Recovery Team, 360 frogs were released back to the wilds of Kosciuszko National Park in March.

5 April 2017
Leadbeater's Gym YouTube video

Sanctuary celebrates Leadbeater's Possum Rediscovery Day

On 3 April 1961, keen young naturalist Eric Wilkinson had a small possum cross his path while conducting night surveys near Cambarville.

3 April 2017
Leadbeater's possum photo

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

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