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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  

 

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Koala Cams

Koala Forest 🌳🐨🌳🐨🌳

This space here is just part of our expansive 'Koala Forest' exhibit, where a number of our female koalas live. Our Koala Forest is a large, shaded semi-outdoor exhibit, that comes with the added luxury of outdoor air-conditioning, to help keep our little ladies cool during the heat of summer. When the weather is warm, you may see our koalas laying about exposing their chest, or dangly their hands and feet. This is how koalas help stay cool, catching the breeze as it goes by. You may also notice that at certain times of the day, our keepers put down the blinds to keep the hot sun off the koalas. Female koalas are smaller than males and have beautiful, unmarked white chests (males have brown scent glands). They have a pouch where their young develop for the first six months. The pouch faces downwards, just like the pouch of their closest relative, the wombat. Sometimes, our little koala joeys and their mums live in this exhibit. We often have local wildlife chill out in this exhibit too. See if you can spot the cheeky little Butcherbirds, as they come down and sing the koalas an afternoon song.
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Jumping Koala Joeys 🐨↷🐨

These young girls are all around 12 months of age and fully-weaned from their mums. Tune in to this webcam to keep up with their antics, as they learn how to navigate daily life as a koala. Their joey mannerisms are just too cute! 🐨🥰 All of our koalas receive fresh leaf in the middle of the day, so you may notice the exhibit to be a little sparse from time to time. This is because the old leaf has been removed, in preparation for the fresh leaf to be put up. We cut approximately half a tonne of fresh leaf every day to feed our furry friends! 🌿 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. 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 a 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. 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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Young Koala (Joey) Tracker 🔎🐨

Follows movement in the Koala Joey Habitat
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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. 🐨🐨🐨🐨 Spotted one of your own cuddle combinations, or a favourite 'koality' moment? Snap a screenshot and email it through to . Each week we'll choose our favourite and send the winner a small koala gift!
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Koala Pocket 180° View ↔️ 🐨

Koalas at Lone Pine's 'Koala Pocket' habitat All of our koalas receive fresh leaf in the middle of the day, so you may notice the exhibit to be a little sparse from time to time. This is because the old leaf has been removed, in preparation for the fresh leaf to be put up. We cut approximately half a tonne of fresh leaf every day to feed our furry friends! 🌿 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. 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 a 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. 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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Koala Pocket Close Up 1

Close Up of Koala Pocket Koalas All of our koalas receive fresh leaf in the middle of the day, so you may notice the exhibit to be a little sparse from time to time. This is because the old leaf has been removed, in preparation for the fresh leaf to be put up. We cut approximately half a tonne of fresh leaf every day to feed our furry friends! 🌿 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. 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 a 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. 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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Koala Close Up 2

There is a very good chance that the koalas you see here are sleeping. This is because koalas can sleep between 18-20 hours per day! There are a few myths surrounding why koalas are so sleepy (including that they become intoxicated by the leaf 🍸), but the truth is that the leaf just doesn’t give them much energy. Eucalyptus leaf is mostly water and fibre, so what little energy the koalas do get from eating it must be conserved and used wisely. Koalas tend to be most active in the early morning, late afternoon, or at night. The koalas at Lone Pine are also quite active around feeding time which takes place every day around midday. Who doesn’t get a bit excited about having delicious food brought to them? 🍃
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Koala Train - Portrait Format

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. 🐨🐨🐨🐨 Spotted one of your own cuddle combinations, or a favourite 'koality' moment? Snap a screenshot and email it through to . Each week we'll choose our favourite and send the winner a small koala gift!
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Dingo Cams

Dingo Habitat 🐕🐕

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.
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Dingo Puppy Tracker

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.
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Dingo Puppies - Highlight Reel

Our dingo pups, Jindy and Stirling, are now big and grown, but that's not to say we can't reminisce on their early puppy days! 🥰 For your enjoyment, here are 90 seconds of puppy antics clipped from our dingo live cams. Puppy zoomies are, of course, featured. Be sure to check out our live stream to see what they're up to now, along with their best mate and adult dingo, Tanami. 🐕 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQZ...
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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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PERENTIE 🦎

Meet ‘Hendrix’, Lone Pine’s resident perentie. Reaching an impressive 2.5 metres in length (8 ft 2 in), the perentie is Australia’s largest lizard, and the fourth biggest lizard in the world. 🦎Rocking out with Hendrix🦎 Like all reptiles, perenties are ectothermic, meaning they get their energy from an external heat source such as the sun. Hendrix can often be seen soaking in the rays atop his favourite rock on sunny days. Just like his namesake, Hendrix is quite the rock star. 😋Suns Out, Tongues Out 😋 Perentie’s are part of the “monitor” group of lizards, along with the Komodo dragon. These lizards use their forked tongues like a snake to smell for food (which for Hendrix means meat). His keepers often put items with different smells into his exhibit to provide scent enrichment. 💡🖊📏Lizard Learning📏🖊💡 You might also catch Hendrix during one if his training sessions with his keepers. Hendrix has been learning to touch his nose to a target and has also been practising taking walks on a harness. These are important behaviours for husbandry practices such as training Hendrix to walk himself onto a scale to be weighed, and will eventually give him the chance to go out for exploration walks around the sanctuary which will be fantastic enrichment for him.
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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 Habitat 🦆➕🐿️

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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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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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.


Riverside Cafe

Brisbane River at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary's Cafe ☕

Our public park area where the cruise from the city arrives daily and wild animals live. At night, planes can frequently be seen in the background; in the day, boats on the river and kookaburra and lorikeets in the trees. Movies are shown twice a month here and there is a meditation space and free BBQs and parking. Purple blobs are privacy protection for people walking through the park.
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Acres of natural, open, public space to enjoy a coffee by the Brisbane River.  And a weather update.  The purple blobs are privacy bubbles for visitrs who are using the area.

 


Bird Camera

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🦅Raptor Training🦅

Eagles and owls and falcons, oh my! 🦅 This is our Free Flight Raptor Show area, where our birds of prey get the chance to demonstrate the the behaviours and adaptations that make them such effective predators of the sky. Check out our amazing raptors and their talented team of keepers as they show off their skills during their training sessions every day at 10:30am and 12:30pm daily (Australian Eastern Standard Time). You might catch a glimpse of the fastest animal on the planet, the peregrine falcon, chasing a lure (don't blink or you'll miss it), or an owl soaring silently from perch to perch. The training is kept dynamic from day to day to make sure the raptors are always kept on their toes (or talons😉) . In the background: Up the hill you can see our water tanks which store two million litres (~528,344 gallons) of rainwater to maintain our grounds🌷🌼🌻. You might also spot a kangaroo or wallaby hopping or grazing in the grass in the background. This area makes up part of our 5 hectare (12.35 acre) free range macropod reserve. 🦘 We also get plenty of raptor "impostors" that stop by this area as well. Wild birds such as crows and magpies can frequently be seen hanging around, as well as sulphur crested cockatoos foraging in the grass in the afternoons.
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Raptors & 'roos - Stationary

Take a "seat" at our free flight raptor training sessions which take place at 10:30am and 12:30pm daily (Australian Eastern Standard Time). From here you can watch raptors such as owls, falcons and eagles demonstrate the amazing adaptations that make them such effective predators. For another great view, check out our "Raptor Training" cam here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO1... Down the hill you can see a pond with an island in the middle. We call this "Eagle Island" because it is home to a very special wedge-tailed eagle named "Talon".🦅🏝 Talon came to Lone Pine with a damaged wing and cannot fly, however he has plenty of room to explore as the king of his island 👑, and even goes for a swim in the pond on hot days! You might also see kangaroos and wallabies hopping past or grazing in the grass from time to time. This area makes up part of our 5 hectare (12 acre) free range macropod reserve. 🦘 This area in particular is home to some of our larger male Eastern grey and red kangaroos.
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Wild lorikeets are occasional visiotrs to the gum tree hollow.

 


Lone Pine Stories

Do you want to learn more about how we care for animals at Lone Pine? Or learn more about our eco initiatives? Check out these videos to discover something new.

Poppy, the milk-drunk koala joey 🍼🐨

Meet Poppy. She is an 8-month-old, strong-willed, little go-getter koala joey. 🐨💪 Poppy is the daughter of the lovely Rusa, who is a wonderful mum but unfortunately isn’t producing quite enough milk to support her growing baby. To help Poppy along, she receives a milk feed twice a day from Keeper Karen (in this video) or our head vet, Dr. Galit. 🍼 Being little Miss Independent, Poppy likes to try and hold the syringe to feed herself. If it wasn’t for Keeper Karen steadying the pace, she would eat way too much before she realises her tummy is full! Watch until the end for the cutest milk-drunk joey snuggles of all time (cue: ‘awwwww’). 💓💓 #lonepinekoala #koalajoey #wildlife #AnimalsAtHome #keepercam #visitbrisbane #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Dingo puppies arrive at Lone Pine, Brisbane, Australia

Get to know our dingo puppies, Jindy & Stirling
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Eucalyptus plantation & feeding 130 koalas

Providing the best nutrition for an animal requires an in-depth understanding of their particular dietary requirements. Here at Lone Pine, we are responsible for achieving this for not one, but around 130 of some of the pickiest eaters in the animal world; koalas. So, what exactly is involved in keeping these discerning diners satisfied?
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Dingoes play in new habitat

A new habit with ramps, ponds, bridges and hills was worth the effort
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Enriching raptors' lives with robots

Robot falcons fly with real raptors at Lone Pine. We are all about our wildlife having interesting, challenging experiences that use their natural skills.
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Lone Pine's Inaugural Eco Day

Our very first Eco Day was held in December 2019 and was a great success. Eco Day was a day of celebrating, and connecting people with, green initiatives, activities, information and local businesses. Like us on Facebook to receive updates about Eco Day 2020!
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