Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville on the outskirts of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney's Taronga Zoo. It also assists with a breeding population of the endangered Helmeted Honeyeater.cite web | author = Menkhorst P, Smales I, Quin B | title = Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Plan 1999-2003 | publisher = Australian Government, Department of the Environment and Water Resources | date = 2003 | url = http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/recovery/helmeted-h-eater/index.html | accessdate = 2007-06-21]

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.

Conducted tours, bird shows and information areas are available to visitors.

Dr Colin MacKenzie (knighted in 1929) set up the Institute of Anatomical Research in 1920 on 78 acres (316,000 m²) of land which had formerly been part of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve. The Reserve passed to the Healesville Council in 1927 and became the "Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary" in 1934.

The first platypus bred in captivity was born at the Sanctuary in 1943 when it was managed by David Fleay.

Animals and exhibits

General exhibits

*Spotted-tailed Quoll
*Tasmanian Devil
*Powerful Owl
*Barn Owl
*Laughing Kookaburra
*Helmeted Honeyeater
*Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard
*Ridge-tailed Monitor
*Lace Monitor
*Jacky Lizard
*Burton's Legless Lizard
*Death Adder


*Short-beaked Echidna
*Parma Wallaby
*Tasmanian Pademelon

Birds of the Bush

*Orange-bellied Parrot
*Swift Parrot
*Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
*Fan-tailed Cuckoo
*Eastern Whipbird


*Red Kangaroo
*Western Grey Kangaroo
*Australian White Ibis

Gang-gang Aviary

*Gang-gang Cockatoo
*Bush Stone-curlew

World of the Platypus/Platypusary

*Water Rat
*Gippsland Water Dragon
*Short-finned Eel
*Macquarie Perch
*Murray Crayfish

Woodland Aviary

*Painted Buttonquail
*Musk Lorikeet
*Purple-crowned Lorikeet
*Common Bronzewing
*Crested Pigeon
*Peaceful Dove
*Sacred Kingfisher
*Variegated Fairy-wren
*Eastern Yellow Robin
*Satin Bowerbird
*White-browed Woodswallow
*Chestnut-breasted Mannikin


*Australian Pelican
*Black Swan
*Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby
*Chestnut Teal
*Dusky Moorhen
*Magpie Goose
*Pacific Black Duck
*Purple Swamphen

Arid Birds

*Scarlet-chested Parrot
*Princess Parrot
*Rainbow Bee-eater
*Variegated Fairy-wren
*Gouldian Finch
*Diamond Firetail
*Painted Finch

Wetlands Aviary

*Glossy Ibis
*Yellow-billed Spoonbill
*Cattle Egret


*Parma Wallaby
*Red-necked Wallaby
*Swamp Wallaby

Wombat Closeup

*Common Wombat
*Short-beaked Echidna

Animals of the Night

*Northern Quoll
*Agile Antechinus
*Fat-tailed Dunnart
*Greater Bilby
*Squirrel Glider
*Sugar Glider
*Mountain Pygmy-possum
*Feathertail Glider
*Rufous Bettong
*Long-nosed Potoroo
*Spinifex Hopping-mouse
*Barn Owl
*Green Tree Frog
*Peron's Tree Frog
*Marbled Velvet Gecko
*Golden Spiny-tailed Gecko
*Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko


*Australian Brush-turkey
*Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
*Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
*White-headed Pigeon
*Brush Bronzewing
*Wonga Pigeon
*Emerald Dove
*Blue-faced Honeyeater
*Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Reptile Encounter

*Brown Tree Snake
*Broad-headed Snake
*Chappell Island Tiger Snake
*Eastern Bearded Dragon
*Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard
*Eastern Water Skink
*Eastern Brown Snake
*Freshwater Crocodile
*Frill-necked Lizard
*Green Tree Frog
*Merten's Water Monitor
*Mangrove Monitor
*Painted Turtle
*Pink-tongued Lizard
*Red-bellied Black Snake
*Rusty Desert Monitor
*Spotted Tree Monitor

Lyrebird Forest

*Australian King Parrot
*White-headed Pigeon
*Wonga Pigeon
*Emerald Dove
*Brush Bronzewing
*Superb Lyrebird
*Superb Fairy-wren
*Bell Miner
*White-naped Honeyeater
*Satin Bowerbird

Larger Wetlands Aviary

*Australasian Shoveler
*Black Swan
*Blue-billed Duck
*Chestnut Teal
*Freckled Duck
*Great Cormorant
*Great Egret
*Grey Teal
*Little Pied Cormorant
*Magpie Goose
*Pied Cormorant
*Pied Heron
*Plumed Whistling-duck
*Royal Spoonbill
*Straw-necked Ibis
*White-faced Heron

Flying Foxes

*Grey-headed Flying-fox
*Black-winged Stilt


External links

* [http://www.zoo.org.au/HealesvilleSanctuary Healesville Sanctuary]

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