In support of Earth Day today and the 2019 theme ‘Protect our Species’, MCB would like to highlight some of the fantastic conservation work taking place in Melbourne.
Business events delegates regularly flock to these popular attractions during their visit to Melbourne and we’re proud of the work these organisations do to protect wildlife for generations of visitors to come.
Zoos Victoria is made up of the Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.
Across the three attractions, Zoos Victoria is fighting to save wildlife from extinction and ensure a world full of wildlife for the next generation.
Zoos Victoria work both locally and globally to deliver tangible conservation outcomes. They are committed to the recovery of 21 native threatened species, as well as broad-based conservation programs in six countries, seven grass-roots community conservation campaigns and more than 50 research projects.
Locally, Zoos Victoria is committed to ensuring that no Victorian terrestrial vertebrate species goes extinct. In south-eastern Australia, 21 species are teetering on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss, feral animals, landscape fragmentation, disease and climate change.
While Zoos Victoria is supporting the recovery programs for these 21 species, they also continue research into captive breeding and reintroduction, and raising community awareness.
As a not-for-profit zoo-based conservation organisation, all revenue raised goes directly towards their work to fight extinction.
Phillip Island Nature Parks
This popular regional Victorian destination is deeply involved in research, conservation and education of Phillip Island's wildlife and environment.
Phillip Island Nature Parks are the world leaders in litttle penguins' research as well as studies on other wildlife including Australian fur seals and coastal birds. Research findings are applied to conservation programs and immersive education experiences.
The extensive Wildlife Rescue and Protection program includes:
- Wildlife Rescue
Phillip Island Nature Parks performs Wildlife Rescue operations across the island and runs a clinic for sick and injured animals.
- Wildlife Monitoring/Protection
Phillip Island Nature Parks and local community groups work closely together to monitor and protect many animal species.
- Wildlife Clinic
The Wildlife Clinic is purpose built to care for Phillip Island’s sick and injured native wildlife due to causes such as starvation, road trauma, pet or feral animal attacks, oil spills and boat trauma.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Located south-east of Melbourne close to Mornington Peninsula, Moonlit Sanctuary is involved in several conservation breeding programs for vulnerable to critically endangered species including:
- Southern (formally eastern) bettong
- Tasmanian devil
- Bush stone curlew
- Spot-tail quoll
- Orange-bellied parrot
- Squirrel glider
- Yellow-bellied glider
- Black-winged stilt
- White-browed woodswallow
- Sacred kingfisher
Their aim of conservation breeding is reintroduction of endangered species into the wild. To date Moonlit Sanctuary have bred orange-bellied parrots, bush stone-curlews and Julia Creek dunnarts for release in reintroduction projects.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Ballarat Wildlife Park was the first privately owned Wildlife Park on mainland Australia to breed Tasmanian Devils, and they are proud to be involved in their conservation.
Tasmanian Devils are critically endangered in the wild due to a contagious cancer that has affected up to 90% of the wild population - and there is no known cure.
The breeding program helps to ensure that the Tasmanian Devil never becomes extinct and Ballarat Wildlife Park has been successful with many joey births.