National Threatened Species Day
National Threatened Species Day is held on 7th September each year to encourage communities to help conserve Australia’s unique native fauna and flora. It was first held in 1996 to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity in 1936 in Hobart. The concept was developed to bring an awareness of the predicament of our threatened animals and plants. There are quite a number of Australian animals and plants now known to be extinct with many more classified as either endangered or vulnerable. We can all help in preventing further extinctions by finding out what threatened species are in our backyards, what they need to survive and to help meet this need. For more information go to www.environment.gov.au We have several threatened species in breeding programs and on display at the zoo including Cassowary, Brush-tailed Bettong, Quoll, Bandicoot, Tasmanian Devil, Bilby, Rock-wallabies and Przewalski’s Horses.
This month we would like to thank Boroka Downs (Five Star Luxury Accommodation in the Grampians) and Lake Fyans Holiday Park (Grampians accommodation options to suit all budgets) for their on-going support.