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Discover the magic of Lunar’s Secret Forest

19 June 2012

Healesville Sanctuary has a secret. Hidden within the heart of a magical forest, day turns to night, tiny eyes twinkle and shadows dart from tree to tree.
Venture into the world of the Leadbeater's Possum guided by the brave and super-quick Lunar Leadbeater's. As Lunar reveals the secrets of her forest home, you will have the power to shine a light and change the future of this tiny endangered Victorian possum—a local Victorian, just like you.

"Psst, kids, over here. I'm Lunar the Leadbeater's Possum. I'm an Extinction Fighter! I'm going to take you on a magical adventure where you can help me save my forest fairy friends. We need lots of extinction fighters to join the fight for a little local, a Victorian, just like you and worth fighting for. Are you ready TO HELP?"

Lunar's Secret Forest is an exciting new interactive multimedia experience especially for kids. The super-quick, animated Lunar character will beam her magic from a large screen. Kids are invited to take up a magical torch that will help Lunar guide them through the Secret Forest as they become researchers looking to see how many of these tiny, endangered Victorian possums are left in the forest.

Lunar's Secret Forest is a world first technology that uses a digital interface similar to Wiimote that kids use every day. New technology speaks to kids and engages them immediately with the experience which is magically interactive, educational and fun - but with an important extinction fighting message.

There is lots to do in Lunar's Secret Forest including Leadbeater's themed ‘research activity stations', as well as a DVD presentation where visitors of all ages can hear from some of the real researchers who work for Healesville Sanctuary and how we are helping Leadbeater's with a new captive breeding program.

Be warned ... your kids may go home speaking possum—something Lunar is keen to teach them, but Lunar has something else she'd like them to do before they leave.

"Will you promise to become an extinction fighter and love Leadbeater's too? Write your name on a magical leaf and hang it on a promise tree ... PROMISE?

Lunar's Secret Forest is open daily from 10am to 4pm every day from July 1 at 1.00pm. Entry is free with admission. Please note that capacity is limited and on large visitation days, numbers will be managed by our staff and volunteers. Zooperman, leader of the extinction fighters, will be making surprise visits during the holidays. 

Lunar looks forward to seeing you - be one of the first to experience the magic.