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LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
200,000 square metres of nature, since 1927

 

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Wildlife Volunteer Program

Wildlife volunteers at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary play an important role in assisting keepers to efficiently complete daily tasks. Applicants should have a genuine passion for Australian native fauna and be someone who understands that being a wildlife volunteer can sometimes be challenging and hard work, but can also be a lot of fun and extremely rewarding.

To become a Wildlife Volunteer, you must:

  • be 18 years or over
  • be enrolled in tertiary studies within the wildlife field or someone who is considering a career in animal keeping
  • have a high level of physical fitness, be on your feet for long periods of time and be able to perform tasks that involve a lot of bending, lifting and twisting
  • be able to work well independently and with others
  • be responsible and reliable
  • be friendly and outgoing
  • be happy to work outdoors in any kind of weather including heat, high humidity and rain
  • be comfortable being exposed to dust, various types of vegetation, insects and animals
  • have a very good level of English comprehension (written and verbal)
  • have very good listening skills and be able to follow verbal and written instructions
  • have regular access to email

Download volunteer information kit.

Download volunteer application form.


Student Placement Program

The Student Placement Program at Lone Pine gives an insight into the daily life of a wildlife keeper. Applicants should have a genuine passion for Australian native fauna and be someone who understands that as a student, the tasks can sometimes be challenging and hard work, but can also be a lot of fun and extremely rewarding.

To be eligible for the Student Placement Program, you must:

  • be 18 years or over
  • be enrolled in tertiary studies within the wildlife field (proof of enrolment required)
  • have a high level of physical fitness, be on your feet for long periods of time and be able to perform tasks that involve a lot of bending, lifting and twisting
  • be able to work well independently and with others
  • be responsible and reliable
  • be friendly and outgoing
  • be happy to work outdoors in any kind of weather including heat, high humidity and rain
  • be comfortable being exposed to dust, various types of vegetation, insects and animals
  • have a very good level of English comprehension (written and oral)
  • have very good listening skills and be able to follow verbal and written instructions
  • have regular access to email

Download student placement information kit.

Download student placement application form.

Poppy & Daisy is a wonderful, local business we have partnered with, here at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. 

Their 'Let's Create!' eco-DIY kits are the perfect way to encourage creativity among our youngest nature lovers, and now we get to share them with you! Check out our range below. All of the kits are proudly handmade in Australia using environmentally sustainable materials and packaging.

All Products can be found in our souvenir shop next to the entrance.

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Walking with Hendrix & Lizardcam 

Meet Hendrix, our adorable two-year-old male perentie. Hendrix arrived at Lone Pine in March 2019.

Perenties belong to the monitor lizard family and are Australia's largest lizard (fourth largest in the world). They can grow up to 2.5 metres long and can reach about 30km/hour when hunting for prey.

Perenties are a highly intelligent species and so require a lot of enrichment to keep them mentally stimulated. Since his arrival, Hendrix has had his keepers stumped as to which enrichment he enjoys best, often largely ignoring the wide variety of activities and items offered to him.hendrix

Not to be deterred, his keepers kept brainstorming and eventually came up with a winning enrichment solution; harness training.

As you can imagine, you can’t train a lizard to walk in harness overnight, so Reptile Keeper, Courtney Hawkins, has had to put a lot of thought into how best make sure Hendrix is happy throughout his new training process.

Firstly, Courtney had to build her relationship with Hendrix. She did this by sitting quietly in his exhibit and allowing him to initiate interactions. This built his trust in her to such a degree that he now greets her every morning, and asks for back and chest scratches. What a friendly fella!

Hendrix then began target training, where he learnt to walk to his 'target' (a large red disc on a pole). When Hendrix successfully touches the target with his snout, he is positively reinforced with a clicker sound cue and some of his favourite food - quail.

Most recently, Hendrix was introduced to his harness. After becoming comfortable wearing his harness, he started small walks on-lead with Courtney around his exhibit.

"Hendrix is very intelligent, and picked up on target training very quickly. This allows us to move him wherever we need, and was the base behaviour to build on for harness training success,” says Courtney.

“His harness and target training will also be helpful to our vet team when Hendrix needs to have medical checkups. Eventually, Hendrix will be able to go for longer walks throughout the sanctuary with his keepers, which will be fantastic enrichment and exercise for him.”

At Lone Pine, we endeavor to provide a wide variety of enrichment for the animals in our care. This follows the guidelines laid out by the Zoo and Aquarium Association, which we are accredited with for positive animal welfare*. By offering walks throughout the sanctuary, we’re allowing Hendrix to experience the positive states of exploration, foraging and play.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram to keep up with Hendrix and his training progress.

You can also check out our Dragons & Skinks live webcam on YouTube, to keep up with the antics of our smaller lizard friends.


 

*https://zooaquarium.org.au/public/Public/Animal-Welfare/The-Five-Domains.aspx

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Tabby the Koala's Close Call

Meet Tabby. Don’t let her small size and fuzzy face fool you, because this little koala is a fighter.

At just 7 months old and about the size of a new-born kitten, Tabby fell from her mother’s pouch early one morning. As if falling from up a tree isn’t bad enough, it was also the middle of winter.

By the time little Tabby was spotted on the ground she was fairly unresponsive and suffering from hypothermia, which can occur very quickly in such a young koala. She was immediately scooped up and taken to our wildlife hospital where our vet and head koala keeper took turns warming her up using their body heat to help her regain a normal temperature.  

It was touch-and-go, but eventually Tabby became responsive enough to be returned to her mother’s pouch. Unfortunately, the tough times were far from over. A week after her fall she still hadn’t gained any weight and was becoming increasingly frail. She was placed on supplemental milk feeds twice a day to boost her condition, but the next month showed little improvement and the outlook wasn’t good. Even after switching to different milk and being placed on antibiotics, progress was slow and each day was a small victory.

Finally, after months of meticulous care, Tabby started to show some signs of improvement. It’s certainly been a tough journey, but she has come a long way and even managed to reach a normal weaning weight by her first birthday which was on the 23rd of November, 2019.

Tabby has gone so well that she is now independent and lives away from mum with the other young females. Tabby is a little koala with a big personality, and according to our vet, Galit Rawlinson, “she loves interaction (on her terms) and has become quite a confident and endearing little girl.”

We will continue to keep a close eye on Tabby, but we can all breathe a little easier knowing that she is out of the woods and on track to lead a healthy, normal life. This could never have been possible without the quick intervention and care of our hospitaland keeping team.

Be sure to stop and visit Tabby during your next visit. If you want to know how to spot her, just look for the smallest koala in the exhibit across from our “retirement” koalas (but maybe not for long at the rate she’s growing!)

 

Have you heard the buzz?

Lone Pine has recently flicked on the “vacancy” signs at our brand-new native bee hotel, and prospective tenants are making a bee-line to book in.

When we think of bees, we usually picture the European honey bee, but did you know that Australia is home to over 1,700 species of native bees, 11 of which are completely stingless? Ranging in size, shape and colour, our native bees make up an incredibly diverse bunch. Even their social lives are varied, with some species living in hives, while many prefer to fly solo and raise their young in underground burrows or timber hollows.

"Roughly one-third of the world’s crops rely on bees for pollination"

All bees play an essential role in our ecosystem as pollinators for both agriculture and native flora. Roughly one-third of the world’s crops rely on bees for pollination. As it turns out, some of our native bees are even more effective pollinators of certain plants than the honey bee. They can perform a fascinating feat called “buzz pollination” which involves vibrating flowers at a certain frequency to release more pollen.

Threats such as habitat loss, insecticide use, and climate change are causing bee numbers to fall at an alarming rate. Bees help us in so many ways, and now, more than ever, we need to return the favour. At Lone Pine, we are doing our part by providing a cosy home for native bees in the form of ‘bee hotels’. By attracting more of these native-super-pollinators we are in turn increasing the biodiversity of our natural area through increased pollination of native plants. To cater for the diverse needs of the native bees in our area, the head of Lone Pine’s gardens team (and big-time bee enthusiast), Kurt Walker, has created a range of bee hotels, specifically designed to entice multiple species. Blue banded bees, for example, prefer to nest in shallow burrows in the dirt, so clay nesting holes have been incorporated to provide a cosy room for them, while wood has been provided for those species who prefer to hunker down in timber.

Creating your own “bee hotel” at home is an easy and fun way to not only encourage bees to visit but entice them to stick around. Aussiebee.com.au provides a great step-by-step guide to building your own bee hotel: https://www.aussiebee.com.au/bee-hotel-building-tips.html

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  • Hermit's Journey

    Like all marsupials, koalas give birth to tiny, underdeveloped young called ‘joeys’. Born with no fur, underdeveloped eyes

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  • Chilling with the platypodes: how we use the Earth's heat to keep our boys cool

    Platypuses, or platypodes (not platypi,

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    Tabby the Koala's Close Call

    Meet Tabby. Don’t let her small size and fuzzy face fool you, because this little

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    Their 'Let's

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