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Box with Vanessa

Vanessa's Domain

Melbourne Zoo has marked National Threatened Species Day by opening an important new facility to support the species survival breeding program for the Lord Howe Island Stick Insects, one of Zoos Victoria’s 21 Fighting Extinction priority species.

7 September 2017
Threatened Species Day

What does National Threatened Species Day mean to you?

Today, September 7, is National Threatened Species Day: a day to remember the last known thylacine in existence, and to reflect upon the fragility of our environment and its inhabitants.

7 September 2017

There's a new Koala on the Block at Healesville Sanctuary

To kick off Save the Koala month we’d like to introduce you to a new Koala on the block at Healesville Sanctuary. It’s been a tough couple of months for this Koala after being found sitting beside a country road with severe injuries to his hind leg.

6 September 2017
OBP close up

Parrots flock to Werribee Open Range Zoo

It might have been a shorter migration than they are used to but 25 Orange-bellied Parrots arrived safely at Werribee Open Range Zoo this week after being transferred from Healesville Sanctuary.

1 September 2017
Joharis 14th birthday

No time for ‘lion’ around… It’s Johari’s 14th birthday!

While Johari was the ‘mane’ attraction at Werribee Open Range Zoo today for his 14th birthday, it was his eight month old cubs Kibibi, Aziza, Zuberi and Ndidi that really made the most of bright piñatas filled with straw bedding from the gorilla dens and rhino poo, lovingly made by Zoo Volunteers

28 August 2017
Joel Sartore

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore to visit Australia this month to continue his work on The Photo Ark

We are thrilled to announce that National Geographic photographer and founder of The Photo Ark, Joel Sartore, is returning to Australia this month to continue his work on The Photo Ark and attempt to photograph the elusive Leadbeater’s Possum at Healesvi

18 August 2017
Nilo with four cubs

Lion cubs born at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo have welcomed the arrival of four new additions to the lion pride.

This is Lioness Nilo’s second litter of cubs and father Johari’s third litter following the birth of triplets Kubwa, Kashka and Kito in 2015 and Ndidi, Aziza, Zuberi and Kibibi in 2016.

16 August 2017
Christmas Island Pipistrelle Bat

Zoos Victoria witnesses extinction

Sadly Zoos Victoria witnessed a monumental extinction event. In 2009, our research scientists unknowingly recorded the final calls of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle, a small bat. This is a sound that still haunts staff and is an eerie reminder of how isolated and rapid extinction really is.

12 August 2017
National Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day

In 1996, September 7 was declared National Threatened Species Day. This marked the sixtieth anniversary of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger's death.

10 August 2017
Possum video

Winter slumber for our tiny possum

Mountain Pygmy-possums are an exceptional little possum.

10 August 2017