Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (pronounced “Bon-a-rong” – Aboriginal meaning “Native Companion”) was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife and is one of Tasmania’s most popular wildlife parks. At Bonorong you will see native animals which are extinct everywhere but Tasmania such as the famous Tassie devil, Tasmanian Bettong, Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Pademelon. You will also see favourites like wombats, koalas, kangaroos, possums, lizards, native birds and so many more.
Wildlife tours are conducted daily at 11:30 am and 2pm by experienced keepers who provide wildlife interpretation with a strong conservation message. The tours include a wombat encounter, devil feeding and close up pats and photos with a koala. Complimentary kangaroo food is included in your entry fee to hand feed the Forester kangaroos (the Tasmanian subspecies of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo).
Tasmanian devil conservation is an important focus, and the sanctuary is active in public education about the Tasmanian devil and the impact of Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), an aggressive cancer that kills Tasmanian devils. There are more than 25 Tasmanian devils at Bonorong and the keeper tours include devil ecology, life history and latest research.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary also runs a rehabilitation service for orphaned and injured wildlife, using a network of volunteers and half-way properties to care for the animals.
Facilities at the sanctuary include a gift shop and café. The Bush Gift Shop has a range of quality souvenirs, toys, cards, books and jewellery. Refreshments and light snacks are also available.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 593 Briggs Road in Brighton, about 30km north of Hobart. The sanctuary is open from 9am to 5pm every day (except Christmas Day). Please see the Sanctuary’s website for more details: www.bonorong.com.au