|Location||Healesville, Victoria, Australia|
Healesville Sanctuary, formally known as the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary, is a zoo specialising in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney's Taronga Zoo. It also assists with a breeding population of the endangered helmeted honeyeater.
Guided tours, bird shows and information areas are available to visitors.
Dr Colin MacKenzie (knighted in 1929) set up the Institute of Anatomical Research in 1920 on 78 acres (32 ha) of land which had formerly been part of the Aboriginal reserve known as Coranderrk. The Reserve passed to the Healesville Council in 1927 and became the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary in 1934.
The park was placed under the management of the Victorian Zoological Parks and Gardens Board on 27 June 1978.
Animals and exhibits
- Menkhorst P, Smales I, Quin B (2003). "Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Plan 1999–2003". Australian Government, Department of the Environment and Water Resources. Retrieved 21 June 2007.
- Kent, Melissa (6 September 2009). "Fire and flight no turn-off for horny devils". The Age. Melbourne.