Endangered Species Breeding Program
The reason we are here, why we bought Halls Gap Zoo, is to be part of a team that works together to save endangered species.
We are currently involved in numerous (over twenty) captive breeding programs as either a holding or a breeding facility.
Our most successful breeding programs have been Bilbies, Brush-tailed Bettong, Quolls and Bush Stone-Curlews.
In 2012 we were asked to be a part of the Orange-bellied Parrot breeding program. These parrots are critically endangered and at risk of extinction in the next 3-5 years without urgent action being taken. There are estimated to be less than 20 Orange-bellied Parrots left in the wild with a further 160-170 birds that are part of captive breeding programs at Healesville Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo, Taroona in Tasmania, and us. We are privileged to be part of this program, being the first non-government institution to be involved in this fight for survival.
More recently we played a role in the release of the first group of Tasmanian devils born and raised on Australia’s mainland into the Tasmanian wilderness. They were here for a month’s quarantine and to learn how to be wild Tasmanian devils. They had been bred in enclosures vastly different from the conditions they would live in on the island having become accustomed to human contact and to living in an enclosed space. Here the large, heavily-forested, free-range enclosures had given the devils space to rediscover their natural instincts and behaviours.