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. Zoos around the world are involved in many endangered breeding programs.
At Halls Gap Zoo we are involved in twenty captive breeding programs such as Bilbies, Mainland Tammar Wallabies, Quolls and Bettongs which are breeding successfully; as well as in a supporting non-breeding capacity with several species including Red Panda and Pzrewalski’s Horses.
This month has seen the arrival of Roxy the Estuarine Crocodile, Sweetie the Donkey and a pair of Satin Bower Birds. This is a wonderful time of the year with joeys popping their heads out of pouches in at least six Wallaby species as well as the Bilbies, Eastern and Tiger Quolls with many other species starting breeding or nesting in preparation for spring.
The Pygmy Marmosets have settled in well and we are running a naming competition for them. Entry forms are available at our reception counter or alternatively send your suggestion(s) to us with your name and contact details for the chance to win a family day pass. Entries close the end of August.
There are enclosures for Red-Bellied Black Snakes and Whistling Kites currently being built.
This month we would like to thank Michael & Rowena at the Comfort Inn, Halls Gap for their support by becoming a major sponsor of the zoo.