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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  • We visited Jirrahlinga this morning and I just had to write a review as we had such a good time! My 2 and 4 year olds loved meeting all the animals and giving them pats. We had a really friendly guide...  more »
  • Loved all the animals but it was a real treat to be there when the dingo pups were 'out to play. They were funny to watch.  more »
  • It's a bit of a ramshackle old sanctuary but the kids loved it and if you hit one of the keeper talks you can get cLose to some of the animals Coffee in the coffee shop good but food selection poor - ...  more »

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