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What does Christmas mean to you?

Healesville sanctuary

Christmas abroad can be a tough thing depending on what you think this merry season should be about.

To me, Christmas these days has more to do with spending time with the people I love. Despite the fact that I wasn’t with my family this year, Christmas didn’t lose any of its magic.

This year, I spent my orphan Christmas with some of my favourite people in the world. Plus two new friends I met on the way. Despite the lack of snow, we had an amazing time.

Mainly because we got to visit the Healesville sanctuary which is a key player in the “Save the Tasmanian Devil” program. And that’s what Christmas is all about, right? Giving back.

Through the day, we learned a lot about the endangered Tasmanian Devils and did our best to get to know this misunderstood marsupial.

Save The Tassie Devil Program

After renting a car, we drove outside of Melbourne for a bit more than an hour to get to the Healesville Sanctuary. The sanctuary is known for breeding and then releasing Tasmanian Devils.

If you don’t know, and if you’re anything like me you probably won’t, Tassie Devils are being decimated by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) in the wild. So the zoo’s work is key in saving this amazing species.

They told us that they released their viable, DFTD-free Tassies in places where the Devils wouldn’t be at risk of catching the disease (which is contagious).

The zoo has loads of other animals too, but I was particularly impressed by their Tassie Devil program. Other than those carnivorous Devils, I got to see echidnas, koalas, kangaroos and loads of birds of prey.

Not to mention that I got to hold a cockatoo called Sapphire which was one of the highlights of my day.

So, I was glad to be able to support such an amazing cause by visiting the sanctuary. Which I guess is what Christmas is about, right? Giving back and trying to help out in every which way we can.

So, what does Christmas mean for you?

Healesville Sanctuary 

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