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About Jirrahlinga

The Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on 5 acres of land on the Northern edge of Barwon Heads.

Jirrahlinga, Aboriginal for "Seek a home for a kangaroo", was established more than 30 years ago by Tehree Gordon to be a haven for injured wildlife. Following the Ash Wednesday Bush fires in 1983, Jirrahlinga received national & international media coverage acclaiming the rescue mission launched to seek out and treat shocked & burnt animals.

But Jirrahlinga is not just for distressed native animals. It is primarily about people. Particularly people who have a disability, a special need, the frail or the aged.

What better therapy could there be than to come into a supportive environment to work quietly with animals or just visit and touch a koala or joey that do not place demands on a person's physical or mental capacities

This is the secret of Jirrahlinga:

A place where dementia patients suddenly respond for the first time in months, where people with learning difficulties working on a regular basis find the confidence to talk animatedly about their animal charges, or where disadvantaged youth gain an opportunity to move on through life after discovering that the complexities of life can be managed by giving to creatures with more need than they have and which respond with their own form of gratitude.
Everyone at Jirrahlinga would like to say "Thank you" to the Drol kar Buddhist Center, Geelong for allowing us to use the photograph of the Buddhist Monk on the front page. The photo was taken during their "Sacred Footsteps From the Roof" world tour in 2005. When the monks visited we closed the Sanctuary gates to the public which allowed the monks to see and interact with our unique wildlife in peace, whilst the media where left behind the front gates.

The monks enjoyed their visit so much that in 2007 they once again visited the Sanctuary. During that visit the monks blessed the animals and to honour this we named one of our Koalas "Tashi" after the monk who performed the blessing. Everyone, including all faiths, are welcome at Jirrahlinga and as a matter of interest we have Koalas named after an Indian boy, a Muslim girl, a Pakistan boy, a Turkish lady and of course an Aussie and indigenous name or two. For more information about the monks, please Click Here.