Healesville Sanctuary is one of Australia’s most acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries. Showcasing more than 200 species of Australian wildlife, the Sanctuary is a fantastic location to view native animals in their natural habitat.
Here visitors can experience close-up encounters with some of Australia’s most unique and captivating wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, dingoes, emus, birds of prey and platypuses.
Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre allows visitors to see first hand the veterinary care provided to injured wildlife. At the centre, visitors are able to follow the progress of our furry, scaly and feathered patients from rescue to release.
Every year more than 1,500 native animals in need of specialist veterinary care arrive on the Sanctuary’s doorstep, brought in by members of public, wildlife and land managers, researchers and wildlife shelters. In total the Sanctuary’s veterinary team performs close to 5,000 procedures annually, from simple check-ups to major surgery.
GETTING THROUGH THE BUSHFIRES
It has been a trying and stressful time for many Victorians. They have had to come to terms with grief, loss and the daunting prospect of rebuilding their lives in the wake of Australia's most devastating fires. Read more...
ANIMALS IN CARE
Amelia Fritz, one of the victims of the recent bushfires (see above image), clings tightly to her teddy. It's a small consolation for one who has lost so much at such a young age. But with the tender love and care of Sanctuary staff and wildlife carers, Amelia has a fighting chance. Amelia was brought to the Healesville Sanctuary tired, hungry, dehydrated and traumatised after fires ravaged her habitat near Alexandra. Amelia has received the lastname Fritz in honour of the brave policeman who rescued her. Read more...