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

 

Meet a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and engage with a large variety of Australian wildlife in Lone Pine's beautiful, natural settings.  Guests experience happy, healthy animals and engaged staff, as well as the opportunity to support conservation and enjoy educational opportunities.
  COVID-19 UPDATE: Lone Pine is closed temporarily. Keep each other safe during this time and we will see you again soon.  Details HERE  

Wildlife

Border Collie

Sheep dog Border Collie

The border collie was originally bred by farmers in England to manage livestock. Border collies are intelligent, obedient, eager to please, and easily trained. Most of them begin to show natural herding instincts from when they are puppies.

Border collies are the most common type of working dog and help muster sheep, cattle, goats, pigs and poultry.


See our sheep dogs in action during our daily sheep dog shows at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm.


 

Kelpie

Sheep dog Kelpie

Aussie Working Dogs
Kelpies are considered a working dog, with natural instincts for managing livestock such as sheep and cattle. They can run up to 60km in one day.

A Dash of Dingo?
It is widely believed that kelpies were bred from Scottish collies and brought to Australia in the late 1800’s. There is evidence that they may have bred with dingoes early on, making them tough dogs and well-adpated to the Australian climate.


 See our sheep dogs in action during our daily sheep dog shows at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm.


 

Wild animals at Lone Pine

Remember that these animals are wild. If you see them during your visit, do not touch or pick them up. Take photos from a distance and appreciate seeing them in their natural habitat.


Australian brush turkey

This bird is one of three Australian mound-building birds. The incubation mound, which the male makes from soil and leaf litter, can reach ten metres in diameter and two metres in height.
Newly hatched young dig out of the mound and are immediately on the hunt for insects, native fruits and seeds.

Australian brush turkey


Australian wood duck

The Australian Wood Duck is the least aquatic of all Australian ducks and is commonly seen grazing on grass and herbs. They nest in tree hollows, sometimes up to a kilometre from the water. Male and female Australian Wood Duck pairs form very strong bonds, often remaining with the same mate for life.

Australian Wood Duck


Eastern water dragon

This semi-aquatic lizard is a powerful swimmer and can remain underwater for up to one hour.
Water dragons feed on a variety of insects, small vertebrates and plant matter and will defend resources in its territory by battling rivals. The water dragon can live up to 15 years.

Eastern Water Dragon


Noisy miner

Although native to woodlands and open forests, the Noisy Miner is a common sight in parks and gardens, feeding on fruit, nectar and insects.
Despite their moderate size, these outgoing birds unite in territorial groups to mob predators such as hawks, kookaburras, snakes and goannas.

Noisy Minor


Stingless bees

There are over 1,600 known species of native bees in Australia. 11 of these species are stingless. Stingless bees are harmless to humans and can be great pollinators for backyard gardens.
Instead of honeycombs, stingless bees store honey in clusters of small pots which look like bunches of grapes.

Stingless bees

Koala
Phascolarctos cinereus

Koala

Lone Pine is home to 130 koalas. Click here to find out how you can meet a koala during your visit.


Is that uncomfortable?
The fur on koala bottoms are densely packed to ‘cushion’ the branches they sit on, and they have a bony cartilage under the skin which is perfectly formed for sitting in the "V" shape of tree branches. Koalas have white patches on their bottom which help them camouflage, so they are hard to spot from the ground.

Multipurpose coat
Koalas have a thick, woolly fur. This coat protects them from both hot and cold temperatures and acts like a raincoat during wet weather. The fur varies in colour from light grey to brown with patches of white on the chest and neck, inside arms and legs, and inside the ears.

Arboreal marsupials
Koalas spend almost all of their day up in the trees, meaning they have an arboreal lifestyle.

Look at those claws!
Koala hands and feet have long sharp claws and thick pads for cushioning. With three fingers and two opposable thumbs on their hands, they have fantastic grip. On their feet, they have a ‘grooming claw’; the first and second toes are fused together and there are two claws on this toe. They use this claw like a comb to clean themselves and remove excess fur.

What’s that smell?
A male koala is easily distinguished by a brown mark on his chest, known as a 'scent gland'. Male koalas will rub this gland against trees to mark their territory and attracts females.  

Size does matter
Male koalas are larger than females. An adult male koala weighs between seven and 14 kilograms whilst females usually weigh between six and 11 kilograms.

How long does a koala live?
The normal life expectancy of a wild koala is eight to 10 years whilst captive koalas commonly live 12 to 15 years.

The amazing Sarah
Sarah was a very special koala that lived at Lone Pine until 2001. Reaching the ripe old age of 23, Sarah made it into the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s oldest captive koala.

 

Gang-gang cockatoo

Gang-gang cockatoo

Cockatoo communication
Cockatoos communicate using vocalisations and body language, often raising their crests in greeting, excitement or alarm.

Escaping the heat
During the hottest part of the day, gang-gangs will sit still among the branches of a eucalypt for hours, perhaps joining in mutual grooming.

What’s on the menu?
Gang-gangs feed mainly on the seeds of native shrubs and trees, including eucalyptus, acacias, cypress pine and introduced hawthorn species. They crack seed capsules open with their strong beaks and bite off clusters of berries or seeds, holding them in one foot to eat.

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