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.
JUNE / JULY 2016
Dingo Twins celebrate their first Birthday
26 Jul 2016
The Herald Sun joined us at Moonlit Sanctuary to celebrate the first birthday of our two dingoes. It was great fun for the dingoes and for the staff who were able to get creative with a special surprise.
For their birthday treat they tucked into a special celebration MEAT CAKE - made with kibble, peanut butter, iced with a protein recovery mix.
To read the article by Lucy Callander further CLICK HERE >>> photo is (c) to Herald Sun
Bored this Holidays? Become a Junior Ranger
27 Jun 2016
Get into some Animal Action this holidays!
Interact with a dingo, hoot with an owl, pat a python and cuddle a koala in the Moonlit Sanctuary Junior Rangers School Holiday Program. Kids 7 - 14 can enjoy a range of environmental activities and animal encounters at the Pearcedale Conservation Park.
Bookings are essential 61 (03) 5978 7935 or CLICK HERE for more information
Moonlit Sanctuary home to the smallest Australian night bird
22 Jun 2016
Owlet-nightjars are colloquially known as the moth owl, however they aren’t owls. They have whisker-like feathers, which they use to help sense their prey, similar to how cats use their whiskers. Owlet-nightjars are found all over Australia, they aren’t common in captivity and are tricky to spot in the wild, but visitors will have no trouble seeing Moonlit Sanctuary’s two latest additions.
The male owlet-nightjars, released into their new enclosure where they will keep company with feathertail gliders. Visitors will be able to see and learn more about them as part of the Sanctuary’s lantern-lit tours. With our tours we want to show the unique Australian animals that exist in the wild that people won’t see during the day time and are even hard to spot at night," Mr Johnson said. "We also want to encourage people to think of ways of conserving these animals. For example, the nightjars make their nests in hollows of dead trees, but people often cut down dead trees."
To view the Herald Sun article CLICK HERE >>>>>>
The Sanctuary’s lantern-lit evening tours are held most evenings of the year and bookings are essential.For inquiries phone 5978 7935