Welcome to Moonlit Sanctuary
Moonlit Sanctuary is only 50 minutes south-east of central Melbourne, at the top of the Mornington Peninsula, and on the way to the Penguins on Phillip Island.
Melbourne’s award winning wildlife park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park invites you to explore 10 hectares of bushland, meeting endangered species, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting koalas and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals.
At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food.
Our Sanctuary is an ark for endangered creatures, and a showcase of their unique beauty. It is a living classroom which encourages children and adults alike to unlock the mystery of Australian mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects and amphibians in a natural bush setting.
You can experience a range of magical activities at Moonlit Sanctuary
Wander around our beautiful wetlands, a haven for water birds that change with the seasons. Meet koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, Cape Barren geese and curlews, and stop past the wombats.
BY DAY...enjoy hand-feeding our gentle and curious wallabies and kangaroos, or cuddle one of our resident koalas. You can meet our feisty Tassie devils, and learn the latest in the fight to save this threatened species.
Catch one of our daily dingo talks, and get to know the characters in our dingo pack. Book in for an exclusive adventure with dingos Blaze and Scorch. Enjoy a python presentation or get up close and personal for a python cuddle.
Then pop over to the parrots and see orange bellied parrots, a critically endangered species; then visit the stunning red-tailed black cockatoos, gang gang, superb parrots, and the unique violet eyes of our bower birds.
BY NIGHT...embark on a guided lantern-lit evening tour which winds its way through the home of many of the sanctuary's memorable nocturnal animals. See feather-tail gliders, a nightjar, quolls, Tasmanian devils, owls and possums. Meet squirrel gliders, bettongs, potoroos, to name but a few of the creatures you will encounter at surprisingly close quarters.
CONSERVATION IN ACTION
OUR DAILY SHOW
OBP Release A Positive Step
22 Apr 2017
Thrilled to announce that four Moonlit Sanctuary orange bellied parrots were released at the Western Treatment Plant Werribee, on Wednesday morning.
They were accompanied by 6 birds from Healesville Sanctuary and one bird that was previously released last spring in Tasmania, recaptured and given a free ride across Bass Strait. This bird also originally came from Moonlit Sanctuary. All birds were males. Pictures show the release aviaries, Life Sciences Manager Lisa Tuthill releasing a bird in the aviary, and Lisa inspecting a bird inside the aviary.
Congratulations to our partners Zoos Victoria, Melbourne Water, Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program, DELWP BarwonSouthWest and BirdLife Australia.
Abigail Raises $1,000 for Orange Bellied Parrots
09 Apr 2017
Meet one very special girl. Visiting Moonlit Sanctuary, 6 year old Abigail was so struck by the plight of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot that she decided to raise $1,000 for their conservation! With the support of her mum Rebecca and her family and friends she set about it and raised $1,002.70! Here she is with Life Sciences Manager Lisa admiring one of our birds, just after presenting the money to us, Well done Abby!
New Wedgetailed Eagle Exhibit Opens
23 Mar 2017