Australia Wildlife Parks
Australian Wildlife Sanctuaries
Australians are very proud of the native animals, reptiles and bird life. As alot of the species which call Australia home are not found in any other country in the world there is even more need to protect these creatures and to educated the public on each animals needs and how to protect them and the habitat they live in.
Recognising the need for the Australian public as well as tourists education in native wildlife are the many Wildlife Sanctuaries all over Australia.
Many of these sanctuaries work in conjunction with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Although many are also privately and government run.
Not only do these sanctuaries educate people, they are like a zoo here the general public can come and see native Australian animals. With daily shows from zoo keepers and Indigenous Australians, they teach the public about Australian culture and history as well as about the animals and their habitats. The favourite of most shows are the bird shows, here you will see beautiful Eagles first hand. There are guided tours throughout the sanctuaries and you will find at each enclosure there will be a plaque or information board telling you a little more about the animal, its habitat and the threats they may be facing.
Many Australian animals are on the endangered species list, Wildlife Sanctuaries along with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy are aiming to try and increase the decreasing numbers of many of these species. They do this through breeding programs on the Sanctuary grounds, after an animal is bred and raised in captivity keepers will work towards the animals eventual release back into the wild.
Wildlife Sanctuaries have their own Veterinary facilities within the grounds, as many native animals are hit by cars or attacked by dogs and with the risk of natural disasters such as flooding and bush fires. The need for emergency veterinary services as well as wildlife carers is always high.
Visiting a Sanctuary is not only a great day out for the family, you will learn alot by being there. All the money raised through the Sanctuaries goes towards facilities and running of the Sanctuary, animal protection and conservation as well as funding important research programs.
One of the most popular Wildlife Sanctuaries in Australia is Healesville Sanctuary in Victories north eastern region. A short drive from Melbourne. As well as Healesville there are other Sanctuaries around Australia, these include:
Popular Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Parrot Garden Sanctuary
- Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary
- Buckaringa Wildlife Sanctuary
- Mornington Sanctuary
There are many Sanctuaries throughout Australia and definitely one near you. So come and support Australia's Native Wildlife and have a great day out or start volunteering with them.
Bimbimbie Fauna and Picnic Park
Wildlife park located at Mount Burnett, Victoria. Features an animal nursery, native animals and a drive-in picnic/BBQ park.
Victoria's Three Great Zoos
Each of Victoria's 3 Zoos has an innovative master plan that displays a representative sample of the world's fauna and flora in bioclimatic zones.
Taronga Zoo & Western Plains Zoo
Both Zoos are managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales. Maps, admission rates, fast facts and more.
Open every day of the year from 9.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. and until 8.00p.m. on some evenings during summer.
Facilities for both tourism and research, built on 25 years of experience with crocodiles. Exceling at both public education and research on wildlife conservation, management and sustainable use.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Sculptured from seventy acres of Australian bushland, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to hundreds of native birds and animals, many of them endangered.
Marapana Wildlife World
Western Australia's first drive-thru animal park, only one hours scenic drive from Perth. Enjoy meeting and feeding deer, kangaroos, koalas, dine at the restaurant and have a great day out.
Perth Zoo - The Great Escape
All about Perth Zoo, including a description of the wildlife, admission prices, education, major exhibits, animal feeding times, facilties and more.
Talune Wildlife Park
Offers you a chance to get near Tassie's wildlife. Situated 6 km south of the small village of Cygnet.
Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary
Cairns Queensland's only real sanctuary with NO cages or fences. Our guests are professionally guided through old growth rainforest. Naturally! Your small donation will go to further purchases of endangered species habiats.
Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm
Tourist attraction between Cairns and Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. Educational crocodile shows daily. Crocodile conservation information for saltwater crocodiles.
Warrawong Earth Sanctuary
Warrawong Earth Sanctuary offers a true Australian Wildlife Experience in the Adelaide Hills, only 25 minutes from the centre of Adelaide.
Cleland Wildlife Park
Cleland Wildlife Park Just 12 kilometres from Adelaide City centre, Cleland Conservation Park conserves a vital area of natural bushland on the Adelaide Hills face and includes the internationally popular Cleland Wildlife Park, the viewing platform of Mt Lofty Summit and scenic Waterfall Gully. The area has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and European settlement
Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary is recognised as one of Australia's biggest tourists attractions. It is home to over 200 species of Australian flora and fauna. Here they offer educational programs and exhibitions, including the increasingly popular birds of prey show.
Healesville Sanctuary has its own health centre, caring for injured and sick wildlife. Many animals injured in the Victorian Bush Fires in Febuary 2009 have been brought to Healesville for treatment. Once treated by a veterinarian the healing animals will be sent to a volunteer wildlife carer who will continue to care for them until the animal is strong enough to return to the wild.
The Sanctuary is located on 30 hectares of land and only one hour from Melbourne. Healesville itself is a suburb of the stunning Yarra Valley wine region. A visit to Healesville Sanctuary is a great day out for all of the family, with many more attractions right on its door step.
Priding itself on its advancements in eco tourism, Healesville is at the for front of educating the public as well as tourists on the importance of Australia's eco system. Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary was recently awarded the Advanced Accreditation in Eco Tourism by Eco Tourism Australia. This award proves to tourists that the Sanctuary has a commitment to natural area management and ecological sustainability.
Healesville was originally founded in 1921, for research purposes by Doctor Colin Mackenzie. Healesville Sanctuary was to be names the Australian Institute of Anatomy. The land was handed back to the Healesville council in 1927, it wasn't until 1934 that the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary was opened to the Australian Public. To be an Australian park dedicated to the protection and welfare of Australia's native flora and fauna.
Involved in many breeding programs, Healesville Sanctuary helps to breed endangered species and slowly release them back to the wild. This helps to increase numbers. They are successfully running these programs for many endangered species such as the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, Helmeted Honey eater, Mountain Pygmy Possum, Orange-bellied Parrot and the critically endangered Spotted Tree Frog.
Healesville has recently been in the news for being the first Sanctuary to successfully breed Platypus in captivity. This is a huge step forward for the Australian Platypus population, and an accomplishment that Healesville Sanctuary should be very proud of.
There are many things to see and do at Healesville. Each day there is an opportunity to meet the Zoo Keepers who work on the grounds, to meet the animals they care for and learn a little more about them.
Open to the public 9am to 5pm seven days a week. The park only closes to the public on Christmas and Boxing Day. A fantastic day trip for tourists, families and individuals a like.