Our History and Time Line

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

1980s

Kanyana quickly expands and takes over the whole of June and Lloyd’s house. In 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. In 1989 the hospital doubles in size again.

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 - 2005

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

Ãwarded Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards - The President's Award and the Staff Training and Development Award. Admissions exceed 2400 for the year

2015

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

2016

Awarded the Zoo and Aquarium Association In-situ Conservation Award for the Woylie Breeding Program

2017

Awarded the Environment Award at the Belmont and Western Australian Small Business Awards night. Donation of Pinnacle Awards prize money by Hanson Construction Materials and Kings Park and Botanic Garden for their Green Business Excellence award