Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary

Sara Tilling & Gary Henderson

their story

Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary is an 850 acre property backing onto Wadbilliga National Park 20km west of Cobargo NSW, Australia. The sanctuary is surrounded by wildlife friendly neighbours and is one of the few largest acreages left in southern New South Wales dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of native wildlife.

The once thriving paradise for native wildlife was torn apart on 31st December 2019 when the property was destroyed by the Badja forest fires that tore through Cobargo and the surrounding district. The sanctuary have lot their entire released mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos as well as approximately 90% of the native wild animals, but already Sara & Gary have rehabilitated and saved numerous lives and recently released a mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. 

Despite the trauma and devastation Sara and Gary have vowed to continue on to rebuild the sanctuary and wildlife population ensuring a safe haven for the wildlife forever. 

500m trench dug

12th July 2020

A local contractor cleared some burnt areas and dug 500 meters of trenches into which we laid irrigation pipes over the hill. From the pipes we will have around eight drinking troughs so there will be water available for the animals year round.  


2nd July 2020

Laura and Narelle have been in the area volunteering with Blazeaid to help fire affected farming properties with removing burnt out fences and love to drop in to give us a hand when they can.  

The Move

19th April 2020

Really hectic week here at the Sanctuary as we look to move from the temporary 'Camp Kaos' back to the site of the original enclosure and chalet. So much involved as we try and rebuild the enclosure, build a deck between the pods, move the water tank, connect some plumbing and continue to care for all the animals.