This April, three new members were welcomed to the Wildlife Land Trust, bringing us to a total of 796 sanctuaries around Australia!

Among our new additions to the network is Buninj, a revegetated wetland and rainforest sanctuary near Lismore, NSW. This covenanted block is home to bandicoots, swamp rats, red-bellied black snakes and over 60 bird species!

HSI news

We’ve received great habitat news this month – two HSI-nominated Threatened Ecological Communities in New South Wales have been given increased protection!

The Brogo Vine Forest of the South East Corner Bioregion is an open eucalypt woodland in the Bega Valley, characterised by granite outcroppings and a dense layer of vines and shrubs. This community is home to brush-tailed rock wallabies, regent honeyeaters and tiger quolls, and is now endangered due to overclearing and bushfire damage.

The Araluen Scarp Grassy Forest is only found on the steep slopes of the Araluen Valley. Characterised by open eucalypt forest with a sparse, grassy understory, it provides a wide range of wildlife with habitat for feeding, nesting and sheltering. Little eagles, gang-gang cockatoos and koalas all call this endangered community home.

Fur for Wildlife

For any wildlife carers looking for warm bedding for wildlife in care this winter, welfare-conscious HSI supporters are looking to donate fur heirlooms to help the animals that need them most.

A more natural alternative to synthetic blankets and towels, fur can be an effective surrogate for young joeys and an insulating and comforting bed for injured wildlife. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Friends of Grasslands Grant

Are you working on conserving grassy ecosystems on your sanctuary? Friends of Grasslands are offering grants of up to $1,500 for anyone involved in the management, conservation or research of native grasslands.

The grant can cover anything from research publications, on-ground work and advocacy materials. Head to their website to learn more – applications close on the 13th of May:

Sanctuaries You Can Stay

Looking forward to slowing down and escaping the craziness on your next break? The Woolshed at Merlewood is the perfect destination, set among 50 acres of tranquil bushland in Fawcett, Victoria.

Stay in the historic self-contained cottages with unparalleled views out to the Spring Creek Valley and surrounding hills, and enjoy the sanctuary’s llama farm, tennis court, heated pool and sauna. With wineries, restaurants, museums and incredible national parks with hiking and biking trails nearby, you’ll have plenty to see and do!