Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / VIC / Gunter and Sigrid’s Refuge

Gunter and Sigrid Weller are the owners of a property located approximately 20km southwest of Foster. The property is a residence and dedicated wildlife sanctuary, and it is Gunter and Sigrid’s intent to conserve the property’s conservation values by controlling exotic and invasive flora and planting native species. Additionally, Gunter and Sigrid are interested in protecting the property into the future, potentially through an in-perpetuity conservation agreement.

The property covers 4 hectares in South Gippsland, and is located within a bush remnant of approximately 80 hectares. Dominant vegetation types include Victorian Ecological Vegetation Classes ‘Lowland Forest’ (EVC16), ‘Herb-rich Foothill Forest’ (EVC23), and ‘Heathy Woodland’ (EVC48).

Examples of wildlife species known to occur on the property include eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), and a wide variety of reptile, amphibian and avian species.