"Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary" Healesville by HarShe

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Two species of kangaroos are resident in the "Grasslands" exhibit - Eastern Grey and the Kangaroo Island Kangaroos. Kangaroos have a unique reproductive system; while a joey is growing in the pouch the mother can carry a fertilised egg which will start to develop as soon as the joey leaves the pouch. During times of drought a female can delay the growth of an embryo. The tail of the kangaroo provides balance when travelling at high speeds and support when the animal is stationary.

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Koalas are found only down the east coast of Australia. They sleep in the forks of trees most of the day and feed on various types of eucalypt leaves at night. Because eucalypt leaves have a high water content, koalas rarely need to drink. Males are highly vocal and have a scent gland on their chest, particularly during the breeding season. A marsupial, the female raises one young in the pouch each year.


The wombat, the closest living relative to the koala, is the largest burrowing marsupial in Australia weighing up to 40 kilograms. Many orphaned and injured wombats are brought to the Sanctuary each year.

Each day between 11.00am and 3.30pm (4.30pm weekends) you can meet a resident orphan wombat and learn more about this popular animal from the keeper.

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  • In a nutshell:see Australian native animals in one place
  • Last visit to Healesville: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 16, 2006
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