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Our Youth at the Zoo members were at Healesville Sanctuary recently, asking visitors to 'Wipe for Wildlife' and pledge to use recycled toilet paper. Youth at the Zoo is an education program targeted at 13-18 year old students who want to help fight extinction. The program provides members with a range of education and conservation activities they can participate in over the school holidays. For more information, visit

William the Mountain Pygmy-possum loves posing for the camera. William lives in Cool Conservation and can often be seen out and about in his exhibit- he has worked out that when he's awake during the day he gets a treat!

Look what our keepers found when reviewing night den footage of our platypus. One of Healesville Sanctuary’s platypus very much enjoying their complex enrichment tool the kickboard. All three zoos are constantly creating, changing and increasing the enrichment tools our animals have, some enrichment tools are complex like the motion activated showers for the turtles at Melbourne Zoo (I think that’s correct) and others a quite simple while still providing great enrichment to our animals.

Give a platypus a tickel at Healesville Sanctuary!

Keepers Amie and Julie say their final goodbyes to favourite Tinsel before she heads off to Germany to live at Zoo Duisberg (Tinsel’s move was featured in the Herald Sun last Sunday)

Visitors are invited to bring in their teddy or favourite animal toy for a check-up in our Wildlife Hospital and get a Good Health certificate to take home. Lily Inglis, 6, visited Healesville Sanctuary with Milo (her teddy) who received a clean bill of health from resident vet Dr Jemima Amery-Gale.

Visit our mysterious creatures of the night at Healesville Sanctuary these school holidays. You’ll get to see our Tassie Devils and wombats, and if you venture into the new-look Nocturnal House you can meet our tiny Mountain Pygmy-possum, Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Bilby and Numbat. Remember kids are free all school holidays! Visit for more details.

Roopert is loving on Rosie at the moment giving her lots of hugs and playing affectionately with her ears. If we’re lucky we might be seeing a little head poking out of a pouch soon!

Matthew is loving the faux snow-play in Healesville Sanctuary’s beautiful Winter Wonderland. Bring your raincoats and gumboots these school holidays and experience a winter like no other. All activities are free – and so are kids! |