Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads

(4/5 based on 95 reviews on the web)
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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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  • The parrot in the cage near the reception desk sounds exactly like a phone ringing!! No Jokes about it!! We came here for an afternoon and spent time walking around the many enclosures. We watched the...  more »
  • ♥ It was probably the most interesting excursion ♥ ♥ unfortunately a visit to an animal hospital with impressive memory potential of Europe is very far, but via the Internet you may show is interested in. ♥ We save Mary Jane from the Rhine a little, to your patients a joy to make ♥ my respect for all your also volunteer work and love ♥♥♥ greeting
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  • Had a great arvo here. Little one got a chance to interact with a heap of animals and Darren went out of his way to enable this. Highly recommended. Top job Darren  more »