1 and 5 – Healesville Sanctury

For this week’s 1 and 5 I am focusing on one of Zoo Victoria’s wonderful attractions – Healesville Sanctuary. Situated 52kms from Melbourne is the rural township of Healesville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Pretty spot, most well known for the Healesville Animal Sanctuary.

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Helmeted Honeyeater, perched on Moth’s lens

1 – Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals.

2 – The zoo is set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas showcasing wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, and over 200 native bird varieties. Including a breeding population of the endangered helmeted honeyeater.

3 – Setup in 1920 by Dr Colin MacKenzie, the Institute of Anatomical Research on 78 acres (32 ha) of land. The Reserve passed to the Healesville Council in 1927 and became the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary in 1934.It was opened to the public in 1930.

4 – The first platypus bred in captivity was born at the Sanctuary in 1943.It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

5 –  In 2009, the sanctuary was threatened by the Black Saturday bushfires, and the sanctuary evacuated their threatened species to Melbourne Zoo.

Til next time, happy snapping…

-Julz