Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Barwon Heads

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 80+ 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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  • What a lovely sanctuary is this! Some amazing people work here together patroning for sick, injured and abandoned wild life. Was great to see all of the Australian animals up so close. We truly enjoye...  read more »
  • Jirrahlinga is a sanctuary for abandoned and injured animals so as an animal lover and rescuer I was really looking to this visit. The staff are great, friendly, knowledgable and you can see they real...  read more »
  • It's hard to give a review of Jirralingha as I think if we had gone at a different time we would have had a very different view. It is a small, community run nature park with a focus on conservation a...  read more »
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