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Port Moresby Nature Park
Did you know Papua New Guinea is home to some of the world’s unique plant and animal species?
In 2013, we announced a partnership with Port Moresby Nature Park in Papua New Guinea, an important step in demonstrating our commitment to improving zoo standards globally and supporting the people and wildlife of Papua New Guinea.
Port Moresby Nature Park is currently an unaccredited zoo, seeking opportunities to build their skills and capacity to deliver positive experiences and connections with wildlife for the people of Papua New Guinea. With significant challenges such as poverty, language barriers, access to limited resources and extreme weather conditions the Port Moresby Nature Park has made significant progress in the past 18 months with a new vision and substaintial improvements to the park for both the animals and the visitors.
Our sister zoo relationship will focus on skills sharing to increase the capacity of the 70 local staff at the Nature Park, with the vision of eventually transforming it to become a zoo-based conservation organisation and receiving global accreditation.
Port Moresby Nature Park was formally a Botanic Gardens which meant there was a focus on the spectacular gardens and plant life. The Park had already created a multi-enterprise business: growing and delivering plants to offices, shopping centres, providing external landscaping services and selling plants via a nursery and florist. They even have an onsite tissue culture lab to grow a variety of Papua New Guinea's incredible endemic orchids!
Zoos Victoria staff from works, horticulture and education have already been across to assist with basic training, skills sharing and development. You can follow their journey on our Act Wild Zoo Feeds.
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