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Happy 21st Birthday Charles Henry

5 December 2018

Charles Henry, the Helmeted Honeyeater turns 21 today at Healesville Sanctuary. He is the oldest Helmeted Honeyeater in the world and doing incredibly well, especially considering most Helmeted Honeyeaters only live to about 15 years old. Today keepers made Charles Henry a ‘cake’ featuring his favourite flowers to celebrate this incredible milestone. The team at Healesville Sanctuary are proud of providing Charles Henry’s with the very best of care and his continued good health is a testament to this work.

Charles Henry is by far the oldest Helmeted Honeyeater on record, he has lived at the Sanctuary since 1997. Over his life he has made a huge contribution to the Helmeted Honeyeater population producing 25 chicks, a number of these chicks were released to the wild. 

Helmeted Honeyeater’s are Victoria’s Bird Emblem and the only bird endemic to Victoria.They are critically endangered and at risk of being lost forever. Zoos Victoria is part of the broader Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Team working together to bring this stunning bird back from the brink of extinction. Zoos Victoria have been involved in the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program since 1989, our captive breeding program works to supplement the wild population through an annual release of captive-bred birds. 

Visitors to Healesville Sanctuary are lucky enough to be able to see these rare birds for themselves in the Fighting Extinction aviary.