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Discussion in 'Australia' started by MRJ, 1 Feb 2008.

  1. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I'd like to introduce Moonlit Sanctuary, a wildlife park located at Pearcedale, about 50 minutes from central Melbourne, near Frankston at the top of the Mornington Peninsula.

    Our speciality is our evening tours, which run most evenings throughout the year, giving a much better view of Australian mammals than normally found in zoos. We are also open during the day.

    Species currently to be seen include:

    Dingo
    Spinifex Hopping Mouse
    Eastern Grey Kangaroo
    Red-necked Wallaby
    Tammar Wallaby
    Swamp Wallaby
    Red-bellied Pademelon
    Long-nosed Potoroo
    Southern (Tasmanian) Bettong
    Ring-tail Possum
    Brushtail Possum
    Squirrel Glider
    Sugar Glider
    Feathertail Glider
    Spot-tailed Quoll
    Eastern Quoll
    Fat-tailed Dunnart
    Hairy-nosed Wombat
    Koala
    Emu
    Gang-gang Cockatoo
    Little Corella
    Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
    Rainbow Lorikeet
    Cape Barren Goose
    Nankeen Night Heron
    Kookaburra
    Orange-footed Scrub Fowl
    Masked Owl
    Barn Owl
    Bush Thicknee
    Tawny Frogmouth
    Owlet Nightjar
    Lace Monitor
    Eastern Bluetounge
    Bloched Bluetounge
    Cunningham Skink
    Shingleback Lizard
    Bearded Dragon
    Eastern Water Dragon
    Carpet Python
    White-lipped Tree Frog
    Striped Marsh Frog
    Spiny Leaf Insect
    Yabbie

    We try and concentrate on species that are or were found in the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve, or associated bioms, although species from other areas are exhibited.

    A video of a private night tour can be found here:

     
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  2. ZYBen

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    i have heard abit about this place. Do you work tehre, or live near by?
     
  3. MRJ

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    I do most of the night tours, you can see me in the video
     
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    please tell me your the hot blonde and not the dude in the red shirt!!
     
  5. MRJ

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    Yer dream on....

    And be polite about my red shirt...
     
  6. MARK

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    If the blonde is doing the tours "Im in"
     
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    One more afterthought... I've just acquired a mammal keeper's licence in NSW. Can anyone here tell me where to find detailed husbandry info on spinifex hopping mice and/or where to find them for sale?

    tia.
     
  9. MRJ

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    Eastern quolls are in aviary style enclosures. As for SHM I have to say their husbandry is very easy. Food is budgie seed plus finely chopped vegetables. You can keep them in a large aquarium with suitable substrate - sand, pine shavings, etc. They need a couple of nest boxes to hide in and small logs or branches to climb on and around, and of course heat. Thats it. As to where you would find them I have no idea. They are not on the list of species that can be kept by private people in Victoria, so they never come up for sale here.
     
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    Just thought I'd drop in this video of one of our staff doing a koala talk - found it on You Tube.

     
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    There is a very nice article on Mr J and Moonlit Sanctuary in the Queensland Courier-Mail for 22-23 May As I'm computer illiterate I'll get to ZYBen to link it tomorrow.
     
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    You laugh but that jacket was forced on us by the photographer! He insisted it would improve the chances of the photo being published. I guess I can't argue with that... :confused:
     
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    Its great free advertising, the article Steve is talking about was (i think) about 1/2 to a full page, with many many photos.
     
  15. MRJ

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    Yes it was recently published in the Herald Sun here in Melbourne too.
     
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    He's such a cute little fellow :D.

    I had noticed under this story in "Related coverage" an article about the feral Pygmy Hippo that was shot up in the NT :eek:
     
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    Good try MRJ, but not in the same league as a White Lion! LOL
     
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    Article

    The article has been put up on the authors web site:

    Wild Discovery Guides | Facebook
     
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