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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Popular Wildlife Sanctuary where native wildlife can be viewed and support a great cause. Entry fees help fund Tasmania's first statewide 24 hour rescue service and Wildlife Hospital

Empowering Wildlife Experiences
Empowering Wildlife Experiences

BONORONG - A SANCTUARY FOR TASMANIA'S WILDLIFE

Nothing makes us happier than introducing guests to our special animals. Nothing, that is, except seeing them go back to the wild. We operate Tasmania's largest 24/7 Wildlife Rescue Service, and Tasmania's only dedicated Wildlife Hospital. Our army of volunteers brings aid to thousands of suffering animals every year.

This service is funded entirely by our entry fees. This means every time we rescue an animal it is because someone like you came through our gate.

Bonorong is not a zoo – our aim is to get healthy animals back to the wild. All of them undergo meticulous assessment to ensure they are happy and healthy in our care, which is something we will never compromise on.

Every single one of our animals has a story to tell. At Bonorong you will meet animals that are extinct everywhere except our island refuge. 

Our ever-changing menagerie of survivors includes wombats, devils, quolls, native birds, koalas, lizards, snakes and emus.

OUR STORY

Our story is about passion (possibly tinged with obsession). As a seven-year-old, Greg Irons (Hutchins Old boy 2001 - and son of Barrie Irons) came to Bonorong for a birthday party and told his mum, “I'm going to own this place one day!”

He came to work at the then park as a young wildlife keeper and worked his way through the ranks to become manager. By twenty-five years old he had achieved his dream of owning the business when the previous owners decided to pass the baton on to him.

For Greg and the team, Bonorong is a means to help Tasmania's fragile wildlife and ecology. Since he arrived, Bonorong has changed from a traditional, 1980's era wildlife park to an innovative and active Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is focused on giving back to the Tasmanian environment, rather than simply being a showcase.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Bonorong is a social enterprise – a little business with a biiiiiig heart. We run a successful tourism enterprise which provides eco-education and experiences for each guest. Our skills and the funds generated through the Sanctuary allow us to proactively address problems in our surrounding environment and communities.

Part of our mission is to facilitate community solutions to community problems. Bonorong is an open house and we try to provide pathways for all Tasmanians to become involved in conserving our unique natural heritage. At the heart of this is a belief that in the same way an individual can devote their existence to doing good, so too can a business.

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Click on links below for more information

BONORONG WEBSITE

BECOME A WILDLIFE RESCUER

PLAN A VISIT

JOIN US FOR A NIGHT TOUR

JOIN US FOR A PRIVATE PREMIUM NIGHT TOUR

DONATE AND SUPPORT OUR WORK

CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT - Email Greg on - greg@bonorong.com.au

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