12 Nov 2014 13:21:39
Conservation News – November 2014
WILD LIFE Conservation Fund is working in conjunction with WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo to raise awareness and funds for vulnerable and endangered Australian animals that call the zoo home. Over the next few months, WILD LIFE Conservation Fund will be placing more conservation money spinners around the zoo with the support of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.
So far, a money collection box outside the Tasmanian Devil habitat has raised $6000. This money has been directly sent to critically needed Tasmanian Devil breeding research programs at the University of Sydney. Every $150 raised has funded the mapping of a genome, which provides essential information to creating a genetically robust captive population. This research is hopefully the key to repopulating a Devil Facial Tumour Disease free Tasmania in the future.
WILD LIFE Conservation Fund hopes to see the same success with their newest spinner outside the Southern Cassowary enclosure. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo was fortunate enough to be the launch site for Rainforest Rescue's 'Save the Cassowary' program earlier this year. Funds from the spinner will continue to support Rainforest Rescue's work in the Daintree, as:
- Every $2 raised will ensure that one square metre of rainforest can be restored
- Every $10 raised will propagate and plant a tree for restoration and see it nurtured for two years with a 99% survival rate
Overall, it is WILD LIFE Conservation Fund's hope that the threatened species that are housed at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo will continue to act as ambassadors for their kind out in the wild. These money spinners are the link that allows conservation education to spread beyond the zoo and have a tangible impact where it counts.
For more information on the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund and to keep informed about their upcoming events and initiatives, visit and 'like' their FB page below.