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“A must see” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
593 Briggs Road, Brighton, Tasmania 7030, Australia
03 6268 1184
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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 Tasmania's most popular wildlife park. 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. The animals of Bonorong are loved and cherished by all of the staff here at the Park and we are sure you will love them too!
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

A very small sanctuary and growing. Great to see the wombat and Tasmanian devils close up and get a very informative commentary about the animals. They state that the money all goes towards the protection and saving of the animals in particular the Tasmanian Devils.

Visited October 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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“A great place, but could be better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I hadn't visited this place in 4 years so was keen to return, entry price was quite steep ($30+) and for that one would have expected to not buy the roo food. Staff attentive and enthusiastic, maybe embaressed about the cost of entry.
Walked slowly around (had an elderly father-in-law) looking forward to seeing the roos expecting them to be bouncing around as they used to be, but it had all changed. Passed a number of animals, the Tasmanian devil enclosures were numerous (and as I am not a fan of this animal) kept walking ... past the quolls (entertaining) koalas (not interested) I wandered if there were any roos... found them in a large paddock but as it was mid day most had fed, or were under trees... (trick is folks go in the morning) the path was under construction so there was only 1/2 a dozen within feeding distance. Disappointing
I remember once they had a cafe mid way offering real billy tea and damper, scones etc it was closed so there was no where to get a drink, sadly while it is undergoing rnovation, updating I found it soul-less. Staff were happy to talk when spoken to but seemed distant? I hope it improves, I wont return as quickly...

Visited September 2012
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Eugene, Oregon
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“Don't miss a nocturnal visit to Bonorong!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Our private visit one evening in October with knowledgeable guide Monique was a fabulous experience, a real highlight of our 3-week trip to Australia. It was worth every penny to be able to have the whole park to ourselves and to talk to Fred the ancient cockatoo, rock a motherless wombat, hop around with mating kangaroos, and feed a fierce-jawed Tasmanian devil, among seeing many other rescued animals . Don't miss this experience if you get to Tasmania.

Visited October 2012
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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“Always wanted to pet a koala!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Had an amazing visit! We had seen kangaroos in the wild, but having the chance to visit injured and rescued animals and caress Kangaroos and koalas is a lifelong dream come true. The work they do is exemplary. The staff are helpful, smiling, and well-informed. They even have a "retiree village" for older Tasmanian Devils to live out their lives in peace and good health. Kudos to the boss and his staff--a great change of pace, behind the scenes with the animals. You will enjoy the visit!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Nocturnal Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Three of us arranged to have a nocturnal tour of the Sanctuary. Bob was our volunteer guide for the night and he shared his wealth of knowledge with us as he guided us through the park. There were only the three of us in the party so we had his full attention. It was the high light of my time in Tasmania, as we got up close to the various animals and birds without stressing them. We got to cuddle a wombat and feed the Potoroos and Sugar Gliders. We heard about the various animals in the sanctuary and the efforts expeded by the staff to rehabilitate them and get as many as possible back into the wild. It was a magical evening and Bob never hurried us or gave the impression we were holding him back. He spent four hours touring us through and we enjoyed every minute. He went at our pace and spent as long as we needed with each animal. It was definitely money well spent. Thank you for the great evening.

Visited October 2012
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