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LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
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.

Koala Cams

Lone Pine Koala Train

Koala Train at Main Koala Habitat 🚂🚃🐨🐨🐨🚃 We have affectionately dubbed this spot the “koala cuddle train” as it has proven a popular place for snuggling up together, especially on chilly mornings. While generally a solitary species, many of the koalas at Lone Pine have grown up together and have formed close bonds with their room-mates (sometimes very close!). Despite having ample options for places to spread out and sleep alone, many koalas choose to sleep close together like this. That being said, each koala has their own unique personality and we have some koalas who prefer to live on their own. 1.The Back-To-Back: When they want to be near each other, but not see each other, the Cuddle Train boys will sit on the same branch, facing in opposite directions with their behinds smooshed together - so comfy! 🐨🐨 2.The Classic Spoon: Often one of our boys will be snoozing in a super-comfortable-looking spot, and another koala will want in. They'll sidle up and snuggle right in behind the first koala. 🐨🐨 3.The Koala Hug: Sometimes even koalas need a hug - from their koala bestie that is! 🐨🐨 4.The Koala Sandwich: Imagine two koalas hugging. Now imagine two koalas hugging with another koala squashed right in the middle. Voilà - you have a koala sandwich. 🐨🐨🐨 5.The Double Decker: Picture this - two koalas holding on to a vertical branch. One is sitting on the other’s head. The one on the bottom doesn’t care. They are comfy, and that is all that matters. 🐨 🐨 6.The Cuddle Train: Imagine a koala, after koala, after koala, after koala. They’re all snuggling in a long line. They are so comfy, and so relaxed. This is it. The big one. The nirvana of koala cuddles – the complete Cuddle Train. 🐨🐨🐨🐨
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Koala Forest

Our large, shaded, outdoor area that we air-condition to help our koala residents with the Summer heat. 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.
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Dingo Cams

Dingo Puppies

In October 2019, we welcomed two new dingoes to the Lone Pine family; Jindy (girl) and Stirling (boy). Born in August 2019, these pups still have a lot of growing and learning to do, as they settle into life at the sanctuary. The puppies were bred at the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre located in Victoria, Australia. Since arriving, our puppies have completed basic obedience training, crate training, and socialisation with Tanami (our adult dingo). Training is ongoing, so you may see some of this on the webcam with our mammal keepers. It is very important that our dingoes develop these skills, so that we can safely carry out various procedures such as health checks, vaccinations, nail clipping and veterinary procedures. You may also notice our keepers introducing our pups to various items such as rakes and wheelbarrows, which are used on a daily basis to clean their exhibit. Jindy and Stirling love to go for walks throughout the sanctuary, so if you can't spot them in their exhibit, it may be because they are out on adventures. Daily walks are great for not only exercise, but also enrichment and mental stimulation. Our puppies reside with Tanami, so you will also see her on camera (she's usually snoozing in the den!). Viewing tip - look up high! Our dingoes may be up on their bridge, which links to two sides of their exhibit, and gives them great views of the sanctuary. ID: koala2564785165659741
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Dingo Habitat - Wide View

Our dingo exhibit (opened October 2018) was built to better reflect habitat complexity, both as an educational tool for guests, and mental and physical stimulation for our dingoes. Space requirements for up to three dingoes is a minimum of 220m2 (NSW Standards for Exhibiting Animals). The new area exceeds this standard significantly, with the exhibit totalling 550m2. The exhibit space you can see on the webcam is just half of the total area, all of which is fully accessible by our dingoes. The other half is viewable on our 'Dingo Pups' webcam. The Dingo Habitat incorporates a high degree of structural complexity with large rocks, trees, undulations and hills, bodies of water, dens and hiding spaces, as well as numerous vantage points and multi-level traversing points. ID: koala2564785165659741
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Reptile Cam- NEW

Skinks and Dragons

See the world from a reptile's point of view! In this exhibit, you'll be able to see some of our smaller reptile friends; Hosmer's skinks, Downs bearded dragons, and pygmy mulga monitors. Hosmer’s skinks live in dry rocky outcrops in Queensland and the Northern Territory. When threatened they wedge themselves in between the rocks and puff out their spikey bodies, making them very hard to remove. They give birth to live young, with an average litter of about 4 mini-lizards that look just like their mum. Hosmer’s skinks live in small colonies. The Downs bearded dragon goes by many other names, including Lawson's dragon, dumpy dragon, pygmy dragon, dwarf bearded dragon, and black soil bearded dragon. The name 'Lawson’s dragon' comes from Australian author, poet, and philosopher Henry Lawson. The pygmy mulga monitor (also known as Gillen’s monitor) is an arboreal lizard, meaning it spends a lot of time in trees. Its prehensile tail makes it well adapted for climbing. They eat insects, eggs, and sometimes small mammals. ID: koala2564785165659741
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Skinks & Dragons

See the world from a reptile's point of view! In this exhibit, you'll be able to see some of our smaller reptile friends; Hosmer's skinks, Downs bearded dragons, and pygmy mulga monitors. 

Hosmer’s skinks live in dry rocky outcrops in Queensland and the Northern Territory. When threatened they wedge themselves in between the rocks and puff out their spikey bodies, making them very hard to remove. They give birth to live young, with an average litter of about 4 mini-lizards that look just like their mum. Hosmer’s skinks live in small colonies.

The Downs bearded dragon goes by many other names, including Lawson's dragon, dumpy dragon, pygmy dragon, dwarf bearded dragon, and black soil bearded dragon. The name 'Lawson’s dragon' comes from Australian author, poet, and philosopher Henry Lawson.

The pygmy mulga monitor (also known as Gillen’s monitor) is an arboreal lizard, meaning it spends a lot of time in trees. Its prehensile tail makes it well adapted for climbing. They eat insects, eggs, and sometimes small mammals.


Platypus Cams

Platypus

Here you can catch the live antics of our two platypodes, Barak and Aroona. =========================================================================== The platypus belongs to the Monotreme family, meaning they are an egg-laying mammal. Their closest living relative is the Echidna. Fossil evidence of the platypus is up to 130 million years old. The platypus lives along the eastern coast of Australia, including Tasmania. They can be found in freshwater streams, creeks and rivers. They are most active at dawn and dusk, although this can be influenced by breeding, water temperature, human activity and food resources. Therefore, this animal’s activities can be known as diurnal (day time activity), nocturnal (night time activity) or crepuscular (dawn and dusk activity). Platypus feed on freshwater crayfish, small fish and aquatic invertebrates. The platypus has an extremely sensitive bill and uses electro-location to locate their food, via water movement or signals sent by their prey. When not in the water, platypus will move into a secure burrow via a tunnel. Burrows provide excellent security for nesting as well as the birth and growth of young. Male platypus have a large, venomous spur located on each back foot. This is used to defend their territory during breeding season and can cause extreme pain, or even death, of an opponent. Wild platypus numbers remain stable, although they do face various threats. These include drowning in illegal yabbie traps and net, entanglement in fishing line, and litter-related death or injury. An easy way you can help a platypus and other aquatic animals is to throw all rubbish in a bin, before it reaches waterways.
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Platypus

Here you can catch the live antics of our two platypodes, Barak and Aroona. As both of our platypodes are male, and predominantly solitary animals, they each have their own large exhibit to enjoy. They like to switch every now and then, so some days you'll see Barak in here; other days, Aroona. You can tell if it is Barak, as he has more white patches across his bill, but you'll have to be quick to spot it! The water in our platypus tanks is cooled using geothermal energy. This means that we use the earth's underground cooling properties to keep the water at a platypus-approved 22 degrees Celsius. The roof of our Platypus House also holds one of the sanctuary's largest solar power grids. At times, you may notice that our platypus seems to be following the same swimming route. This is because when underwater, platypus close their eyes and use electro-sensors in their bill to locate prey. If circling a particular area, it could be that they have sensed their prey and are trying to hone in on the exact location. Our platypodes enjoy a varied diet including yabbies (crayfish), mealworms and fly pupae.
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Barak & Aroona

Here you can catch the live antics of our two platypodes, Barak and Aroona. 

As both of our platypodes are male, and predominantly solitary animals, they each have their own large exhibit to enjoy. They like to switch every now and then, so some days you'll see Barak in here; other days, Aroona. You can tell if it is Barak, as he has more white patches across his bill, but you'll have to be quick to spot it! 

The water in our platypus tanks is cooled using geothermal energy. This means that we use the earth's underground cooling properties to keep the water at a platypus-approved 22 degrees Celsius. The roof of our Platypus House also holds one of the sanctuary's largest solar power grids. 

At times, you may notice that our platypus seems to be following the same swimming route. This is because when underwater, platypus close their eyes and use electro-sensors in their bill to locate prey. If circling a particular area, it could be that they have sensed their prey and are trying to hone in on the exact location. Our platypodes enjoy a varied diet including yabbies (crayfish), mealworms and fly pupae.