Coranderrk Bushland Reserve

Zoos Victoria is the custodian of the Coranderrk Bushland Reserve – 142 hectares of bushland adjacent to Healesville Sanctuary. The Coranderrk is a unique remnant of Yarra Valley floor forest, significant for its relatively intact vegetation, diverse biota and rich cultural heritage. The Coranderrk, however, is relatively small, and is isolated in a landscape dominated by agriculture and increasingly urban development.

bushlandsThe land is home to around 10% of Victoria’s plant species and 264 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs and fish. It also a highly significant indigenous location – being the site of an indigenous mission station from 1863 to 1924 – and there are many sites of cultural heritage significance protected within the reserve, including scar trees.

As custodian of the Coranderrk, Zoos Victoria has a compelling vision to restore a dynamic ecological balance to the bush land, emphasizing its significance as a prominent example of a Victorian ecosystem, an important cultural site (both pre- and post- European contact) and a potentially prominent eco-tourist destination.

The Foundation helped to fund the first stage of the restoration plan – the building of a new feral animal proof fence around the Coranderrk – providing a safe haven for maximum floristic and faunal diversity.  The completion of this fence in late 2012 was a threshold achievement for the Coranderrk restoration project, and work has now commenced to eradicate introduced species from the site.

The Foundation expects to play a meaningful role over the next few years in the restoration of the Coranderrk floodplain.  This project aims to re-introduce native vegetation to the floodplain and provide a habitat for two highly endangered and priority species – lowland Leadbeater’s Possums and Helmeted Honeyeaters.