On Friday, September 17th Moonlit Sanctuary will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake?
At 11am there is a cake cutting ceremony, where a very special birthday cake will be cut by Moonlit Sanctuary’s Founder, Michael Johnson.
After the ceremony, when all the humans have had their fill of cake, it’s the animals’ turn. Keepers will be serving up “cakes” for its Koalas, Dingoes, Wombats and Emu to mark two decades of bringing people and wildlife together.
“The animals are in for a real treat”, said Life Sciences Manager, Lisa Tuthill. “Whether made of sweet potato, meat or insects, birthday cakes can serve as a great source of nutritional and behavioural enrichment.”
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park grew out of the childhood dreams of Sanctuary Founder Michael Johnson. Michael imagined a place where people could experience the rare and unusual animals that roam the Australian bush and Moonlit Sanctuary is that place.
The Wildlife Sanctuary was established by the Johnson family in September, 2001 on 25 acres of land which was a former farm and pony club. Currently, the Sanctuary is home to over 400 inhabitants, representing 70 species.
The Sanctuary initially operated by providing night tours to the public, hence the name Moonlit Sanctuary. The lantern-lit tours were declared “magical!” as word grew about this special opportunity to get up close and personal to nocturnal wildlife that few visitors had ever seen.
In 2007 the Sanctuary began opening during the daytime on a daily basis, expanding their number of animals and welcoming 80,000 visitors a year. Prior to Covid closures, the Sanctuary was receiving over 150,000 visitors annually, and is still proving to be a favourite day out with Victorian families continuing to show their support when able.
“We are honouring this major milestone and are grateful to the community who helped us get there! We are elated to be celebrating our role in connecting people with wildlife since the Sanctuary first opened 20 years ago,” said Michael Johnson.