Our History

Kanyana Wildlife has a long history of people helping people and wildlife. From the 1970s to today, Kanyana relies on volunteers and donations to save our unique Australian wildlife.

ESTABLISHED IN 1970

LATE 1970s

Kanyana starts in June and Lloyd Butcher’s home laundry in Gooseberry Hill, caring mainly for local birds

EARLY 1980s

Kanyana quickly expands and takes over the whole of June and Lloyd’s house

1986

A basic hospital and enclosures are designed and built by Lloyd to June’s specifications in the backyard of their three hectare property. Kanyana admits 70 animals.

1989

Hospital doubles in size

1993

Captive breeding of Western barred bandicoots begins. Kanyana is incorporated as a voluntary organisation with about 20 volunteers.

1994

The education program starts with nocturnal tours and visits to schools.

1996

Captive breeding of bilbies begins, starting with Bet Bet.

2000

A formal research program in conjunction with Murdoch Veterinary School begins.

2002

Kanyana begins conducting training programs for other organisations.

2006

A parasite is discovered during research into the papilloma/polyoma virus affecting Western barred bandicoots and is named Eimeria Kanyana.

2008

Admissions exceed 1800 per year.

2010

Kanyana moves to Paxwold. The purpose built facility is funded by Lotterywest with support received from Department of Environment of Conservation (now Parks and Wildlife) and Kalamunda Shire.

2012

Kanyana Wildlife Discovery Centre is established with funding from Chevron Australia. Kanyana is supported by more than 300 volunteers

2014

Admissions exceed 2400 per year.

2015

The Zoo and Aquarium Association admits Kanyana as an Associate Institutional Member after a glowing report from the Association's Accreditation Program.