In recent times at Arcare Point Lonsdale, our clients headed down on an exciting field trip to the Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary in Barwon Heads.
The Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on 5 acres of land and was established over 30 years ago by Tehree Gordon, to be a haven for injured wildlife. The sanctuary sought its name from the Aboriginal word Jirrahlinga, meaning “seek a home for a kangaroo”.
After the Ash Wednesday bush fires in 1983, Jirrahlinga received national and international media coverage from the rescue mission they launched to seek out and treat shocked and burnt animals. Jirrahlinga has also recently won the Pride of Australia Environment Award, which is an award that is run by the Herald Sun.
At the sanctuary, all clients got up close and personal with the native animals and had a fantastic time. One client, Keith Martin, had recently visited the sanctuary to deliver an injured possum. It was lovely to see that the once injured possum had now recovered.
Clients were very surprised when finding out the ages of some of the animals at the park. “This cockatoo is the same age as me – 90!” Kevin laughed.