It's been 10 years since Tidbinbilla reopened its gates after the devastating 2003 Canberra bushfires.
While the scars of the firestorm remain, life is thriving once again in the reserve.
On Sunday, rangers invited Canberrans to "rediscover" Tidbinbilla for its annual open day, hosting live music, food stalls and guided tours, as the sanctuary continues recovery efforts for local wildlife.
Ian Walker at the ACT's environment directorate said the free event was about helping people reconnect with the bushland on their doorstep.
Murrumbung rangers were on hand to teach visitors how to throw a boomerang, make bush tucker and try traditional weaving while snakes and lizards mingled with the crowd during a live reptile display.
Last month, Tidbinbilla's koala breeding program celebrated a milestone as Malu, whom rangers have deemed the "cutest koala" ever born at the sanctuary, left his enclosure to venture out into a protected section of the Eucalypt forest.