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Jess flying

Vale Jess

The staff and volunteers of Healesville Sanctuary are saddened to announce the passing of Jess, the Wedge-tailed Eagle. A remarkable bird, Jess called the Sanctuary home for more than 40 years.

19 July 2018
Baby Oryx Menelik

My, what little horns you have!

Curled up in a bed of hay, Werribee Open Range Zoo’s tiny Scimitar-horned Oryx calf was spotted today basking in the winter sun - a rare sighting for such a shy and heavily-protected member of the herd. 

18 July 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
Leopard Tortoises with hibiscus flowers

Delicious hibiscus for birthday tortoises

July is Leopard Tortoise birthday month at Werribee Open Range Zoo with four of our shelled African reptiles turning 13.

12 July 2018
Orang-utan Alex 1

Why we've stopped selling Nestlé products at our zoos

Zoos Victoria has removed Nestlé’s food products from our cafes and catering outlets following the suspension of Nestlé from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

9 July 2018
cora 2

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
Cirque Africa

Cirque Africa comes to Werribee Zoo

Acrobats and hula hoopers were deep in practice mode for weeks before Cirque Africa hit the Big Top stage at Werribee Open Range Zoo on the weekend.

4 July 2018
Mani 1

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
Ernie the koala released into the wild

Ernie the koala released into the wild

A recovered koala has been released successfully into the wild more than six months after being hit by a car.

26 June 2018

There’s still a lot of hop left in this kangaroo!

Seven-month-old Eastern Grey Kangaroo, affectionately dubbed ‘Mia’, was found hanging on a fence on a rural property in late May. Luckily, she was spotted and quickly picked up by a local wildlife carer.

21 June 2018