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The sanctuary is a great place to see native animals in almost-natural surroundings. Walk through the peppermint-scented gum forest, which rings with the chiming of bellbirds, and see wedge-tailed eagles, dingoes, koalas, wombats, reptiles, and more. The sanctuary opened in 1921 to preserve endangered species and educate the public and played a major role in saving and rehabilitating the hundreds of animals injured or displaced by the bushfires which devasted parts of Victoria in 2009. You can visit the Wildlife Health Centre (an animal rescue hospital) to see veterinarians caring for (and operating on) injured or orphaned wildlife. The sanctuary has a gift shop, a cafe serving light meals, and picnic grounds.