Zoos – Entertainment, Education, Research or Conservation?
Each year Zoos and Aquariums in the Australasian region
• have over 16 million visitors
• 600,000 plus school students conducting curriculum related activities
• contribute over $2m in funding to universities and research institutions
Conservation activities in the region comprise of holding over 200 native species and over 150 exotic species included on the IUCN’s Red List of endangered species. At a global level 27 species are extinct in the wild but are maintained by zoos.
Halls Gap Zoo has been given the honour of becoming involved in the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program with the first 5 potential breeding pairs arriving this week. On the brink of extinction the Orange-bellied Parrot has been ranked as one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species with less than 20 birds living in the wild out of a total population of fewer than 200 individuals.
The arrival of Pumika has been delayed until the weather improves. Monarto Zoo staff became concerned that training him in the wet, cold conditions was causing him stress and as Sumari had settled in so well it was decided to postpone transporting Pumika.