Find out more about our animals, and why we have them here.

      • Species selection criteria
      • Animal welfare
      • Conservation
      • Animal records

Species Selection Criteria   

We have three criteria for selecting which species to keep.
Most species fall into one or more of these categories:

Species occurs locally Reduces the need for elaborate housing and temperature control, reducing our environmental footprint. Educates visitors about the local environment.
Threatened species Enables us to participate in recovery programs and educates visitors about conservation threats.
Educational species Species held to assist our educational programs.




Animal Welfare

Moonlit Sanctuary is vitally concerned with the welfare of our animals. We have adopted the Five Domains model, which recognises the affective (psychological) states of welfare in animals. The domains as outlined by the Zoo Aquarium Association are:

Physical Domains

1.     Nutrition:  e.g.appropriate consumption of nutritious foods is a pleasurable experience

2.     Environmental: e.g. benign conditions offer adaptive choices and variety

3.     Health: e.g. physically sound (uninjured, disease-free) animals enjoy good health

4.     Behaviour: e.g.environment-focused and inter-animal activities are satisfying and engaging


Mental Domain

5.     Mental or Affective State: e.g. animals experience comfort, pleasure, interest and confidence

We strive to ensure all our animals enjoy a life with a high standard within each domain.

Find out more about the ZAA Accreditation Program



Moonlit Sanctuary is committed to the conservation of Australian wildlife, and we are actively involved in the conservation of a number of species. Further details can be found on our Conservation Breeding page.

Animal Records

Moonlit Sanctuary uses the ZIMS animal record keeping system, which is a web based system used by over 800 zoos and wildlife parks around the world. ZIMS is run by Species 360, the International Species Inventory System. Using ZIMS means we can compare our data about animals with data about the same species wherever it has been kept. It also means other wildlife parks and zoos can have access to our data too. You can find out more about ZIMS on the Global Species 360 website.