I visited Healesville Sanctuary yesterday - first zoo visit of 2015, and here are some notes (some of these are older developments that I can't remember if I've previously mentioned): -There is now an Echidna sharing the Koala exhibit in the entry area (before you buy tickets). -The young Cassowary in the first exhibit (empty for last couple of years at least) was very active and showy. -A couple of Emu chicks are on display and are available for up-close encounters. -The High Country Birds Aviary opposite the dingos, which previously held a range of birds (Little Lorikeet, Turquoise Parrot, Star Finch, Black-throated Finch, Superb Fairy Wren, Diamond Firetail) and reptiles (Blotched Blue-tongue, Cunningham's Skinks), now just holds one Laughing Kookaburra. -There are now signs for Australian Water Rats and Swamp Rats in the waterbird aviary, but these must just be for wild animals. -The renovated Lyrebird Aviary looks great, and now features a Spotted Tree Frog terrarium in the entry-way. The elevated lookout is great, we saw both Superb Lyrebirds roosting in a tree. The species list is fairy similar to what was previously held, mostly pigeons and the Lyrebirds, King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas and Satin Bowerbirds, complemented by various wild small passerines. There are no longer any Black Cockatoos or Pademelons though -The Bird Show was excellent as per usual - Black Kite, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Galah, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Long-billed Corella, Barking Owl, Nankeen Kestrel, Black-breasted Buzzard and Wedge-tailed Eagle all put in a performance, and the latter almost hit us in the face when its take-off was hampered by a cross-wind! -Pair of Magpie Geese now housed with the Brolga. -The Woodland Birds aviary has reopened, although this seems to have fewer species than previously. -In one of the small Woodland birds aviaries - the one that previously housed Orange-fronted Parrots, Swift Parrot, White-breasted Wood-swallow and Painted Button-Quail - there is now just a Tawny Frogmouth. -A Koala has replaced the Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo that died last year. -Everything else is still the same, and looking very tidy. -The highlight was seeing a very curious Leadbeater's Possum tearing around its exhibit in the Nocturnal House - definitely the most active critter in there! -The lowlight was definitely the reduction in the bird collection - something Zoos Victoria is very proficient at. I'm not sure if this is a temporary thing due to issues with the aviaries - it seems odd to take a pile of small bird species off-display from two (identically contructed) small aviaries and replace them both with a single large bird (previously/currently displayed elsewhere in the zoo). Perhaps there is an issue with mice or mesh or something?