Wild life paradise

Australia, 1961

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Sir Colin Mackenzie, famous surgeon and anatomist, thought that the study of Australia’s unique animals would help to understand the human body. He designed and made an arm splint after studying koalas stretching for gum tips. His specimens can be seen in the Institute of Anatomy in Canberra. In 1921, 78 acres of land in Healseville, Victoria, was presented to the late Sir Colin Mackenzie, to enable him to study Australian animals. The Sanctuary now shelters kangaroos, emus, platypus, goannas, many kinds of parrots, parakeets and other birds, tiger cats, wombats and koalas. Narrated by James Dibble. Suitable for 11-15 year-olds.



William M. Carty


William M. Carty

Andrew J. Helgeson

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Tourist Development Authority of Victoria








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Animals & Wildlife → Anatomy, Comparative

Animals & Wildlife → Animal behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Animal ecology

Animals & Wildlife → Animals

Animals & Wildlife → Animals - Physiology

Animals & Wildlife → Biological research

Animals & Wildlife → Birds - Australia

Animals & Wildlife → Marsupialia

Animals & Wildlife → Reptiles - Australia

Animals & Wildlife → Sir Colin Mackenzie Zoological Park

Animals & Wildlife → Zoology - Australia

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Anatomy, Comparative

History → History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Anatomy, Comparative

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Biological research

People → Mackenzie, Colin, Sir

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