Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads

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Tehree Gordon developed a close affinity for animals as a child. In 1974 she purchased a five-acre property near Barwon Heads in Victoria and started a refuge for injured Australian wildlife. Three decades later the Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary houses over three hundred native animals and continues to nurse distressed and injured kangaroos, koalas, possums, birds and penguins back to health.

Tehree is equally committed to the well being of her fellow humans, recognising that her animals can bring joy and healing to people in need. Jirrahlinga regularly hosts abused and disadvantaged children, building their self-esteem through interaction with the animals.

Disabled people are also welcomed and Tehree administers a volunteer program providing care for pets of the ill and elderly. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her mid-fifties, Tehree knows the importance of care and support.
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  • July 26, 2017
    We are visitors from England and found Jirrahlinga sanctuary after seeing an advertisement leaflet....... the sanctuary has a real family feel to it and it is really close up and personal. The animals...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Friendly staff. Animals are well cared for. The close interaction with them was fantastic and so much fun for the kids.  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    I had a wonderful time with my partner, although the front enters me looks a bit dated, the animals were amazing!! We were able to get up really close to a lot of the animals and we even were allowed ...  more »

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