Healesville Sanctuary has just opened its brand new dramatic rocky high country exhibit, Dingo Country.
Over the years the Dingo has received some pretty bad press, so it’s refreshing to be able to learn the truth about these beautiful creatures. This brand new exhibit has been developed for the Sanctuary’s five Dingoes – and to prepare for puppies later this year! The open enclosure offers excellent viewing for all visitors including young children.
Tania from Do The Yarra Valley spoke to Sue Jaensch a Dingo keeper at the Sanctuary and was surprised to learn that due to loss of habitat and interbreeding, the Dingo has now become a threatened species in Victoria. Watch the video below for the full story on the new exhibit.
The new enclosure is themed around an alpine hut. The hut has been named Mason’s Hut as a tribute to the longest serving employee of the sanctuary, Kevin Mason. Kevin began working at the Sanctuary way back in May 1960. Over the years Kevin’s unique perspective and intimate knowledge of the Sanctuary well qualifies him as a “living treasure”.
Apart from the wildlife experience there is something else about Healesville Sanctuary that makes it a very special place to visit and that’s the people who work there. For so many of them, securing a position at the Sanctuary has been their life’s dream. Speak to any of the employees or volunteers and you find they all share a passion and love for the Sanctuary that is so strong you can feel it in the air.
With so many dedicated, skilled and experienced people working at the Sanctuary it’s no wonder it continues to be Australia’s most popular wildlife experience.
If you haven’t been for a while, you should put it on the top of your “To Do” list and if you’ve never been – you’re life is not complete!
Healesville Sanctuary is open every day of the year including public holidays from 9am to 5pm. For more information visit their website.
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