Featured Sanctuaries

Yelverton Brook

Written by Hannah Mulvany

The high, heavy duty gates and impenetrable perimeter fence of Yelverton Brook seem much more fitting to a military barracks than conservation sanctuary, but a second after passing through the gates, you are welcomed with open arms back into nature. The security provided by the huge fences has allowed the populations of some of Australia’s most endangered species to not only live but also thrive within the safety of the walls.

 

Loveland Wildlife Inc.

Written by Hannah Mulvany

Ken Loveland, the owner of Loveland Wildlife Inc, starts his day at sunrise when he is greeted at his front door by a mob of hungry kangaroos. But this isn’t your average mob, as it is composed of orphaned individuals that Ken has known since they were all joeys and has reintroduced and rehabilitated himself. The mob also differs from the norm as it contains red, grey and euro kangaroos, albeit with some individuals happier to socialise than others.

Balingup Heights

Written by Hannah Mulvany

When approaching Balingup Heights I could certainly tell where the proprietors had got the name from, for the hill I was about to scale was one of the steepest I have ever encountered. Deb and Brian Vanasse, the owners of Balingup Heights, later informed me that some inexperienced driver friends of their 17-year-old daughter had been banned from driving up the hill by their parents and were instructed to park at the bottom and walk up. I could certainly see why! The ascent was absolutely worth it, both for the panoramic views over the Blackwood River Valley and the beautiful property that I had come to visit.

 Boronia Farm

Written by Hannah Mulvany 

As I passed through the first paddocks of Boronia Farm I spotted a little girl with her parents, smiling with delight as she was passed a freshly picked apple from one of the orchard’s many trees. I later found this to be the exact vision that Barry and Dale Green, the owners of the property, had for their farm – to connect people with their food, and for them to learn more about where it comes from.