Trip to Healseville Sanctuary

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5/1/2013 – Animal Skulls at Healseville Sanctuary

Last week, I had visited the sanctuary during my trip to Healesville, a small country town in Victoria, Australia. Healesville is about an hour and a half from the city centre of Melbourne, if you are looking for trip out in the Yarra Ranges, I would recommend visiting the sanctuary. The facility features a diverse range of native, Australian wildlife and the sanctuary does preserve endangered species. The sanctuary was fairly large and it did take at least two hours to visit each section, although I did enjoy every moment of it!

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Interactive Screen: The Comparisons between a Koala Skull and a Human Skull.

I did notice that there were a range of animal skulls that were displayed around the sanctuary; it was interesting to see of the different shapes and sizes. I also visited the rescue centre that also featured information about various surgical procedures and preservation. While the facilities were contained within a glass window, I did manage to recognise more animal skulls that were stored upon the bookshelf.

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Comparisons between a Python Skull and a Human Skull

Within the corner of the room, there was a small screen that compared an animal skull with a human skull. It was an interactive screen that allowed each viewer to compare the human skulls with the skull of a koala or the skull of a snake. It did find the facts very interesting, but for some reason I did not write them down! Next time I visit the sanctuary, I shall write the information on a piece of paper so I can remember what they are.

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Kookaburra Skull and a Human Skull

It was quite random, although it was rather interesting to how complex the human skull really is. While most animals do have skulls in order to preserve the most precious organs, the human skulls appears quite structured. It’s just interesting to see how different we are from other animals / species. Please stay updated, I will eventually post further research about the human skull! I think I need to take another trip to the library to borrow some more books.

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Possum Skull and a Human Skull

For further information about the Sanctuary, please click on the link below. The Sanctuary is also apart of the Melbourne’s Zoo, it is just great to see a facility protecting native wildlife! The area does have quite a lot of space and it’s not like any other zoo I have ever seen before, the animals have the space to actually move around. The location is also worth a visit, it’s actually a relaxing place to spend a sunny afternoon!

http://www.zoo.org.au/healesville


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