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Our fighting extinction goal
Zoos Victoria is committed to fighting extinction. Our goal is to be the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisation, the Australian authority on captive holding and management of native threatened species, and the major facilitator of wildlife knowledge for conservation action.
Zoos Victoria works locally and globally to deliver tangible conservation outcomes. We are committed to the recovery of 20 native threatened species, as well as broad-based conservation programs in six countries, six grass-roots community conservation campaigns and 54 research projects. As a not-for-profit zoo-based conservation organisation, all revenue raised goes directly towards our work to fight extinction.
Zoos Victoria is committed to fighting extinction
Our Fighting Extinction watermark was created to help us promote our vision as a zoo-based conservation organisation. The footprints are from an Eastern Barred Bandicoot, an amazing Victorian subspecies that would be extinct if it wasn’t for Zoos Victoria’s commitment to conservation.
As part of our vision to be the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisation, Zoos Victoria is committed to fighting extinction locally and globally.
Zoos Victoria is committed to ensuring that no Victorian terrestrial vertebrate species goes extinct. In south-eastern Australia, 20 species are teetering on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss, feral animals, landscape fragmentation, disease and climate change. As an organisation, Zoos Victoria will do everything to fight extinction before it’s too late.
Over the next three years we will secure these 20 priority species in our care, support recovery programs, continue researching into captive breeding and reintroduction, and raise community awareness by providing people with the opportunity to connect with and better understand these species. We ask you to join us in the fight against extinction.
As human populations increase, wildlife and wild places across the globe are increasingly under threat. Zoos Victoria’s six international programs have a holistic focus and work with local communities, governments and non-government organisations. We fight threats to wildlife, develop sustainable alternative livelihoods and encourage support for conservation.
Our focus on selected priority programs ensures that our contribution has a significant effect and that we achieve sustainable long-term outcomes for people and wildlife. We are involved in conservation programs in the following countries:
Simple choices can make big changes. Zoos Victoria is fighting extinction from the ground up with our grass-roots community conservation campaigns. We aim to inspire the millions of zoo visitors and the wider community to take simple actions that will help wildlife and wild places all over the world.
Our community conservation campaigns encourage people to:
- Donate their old mobile phones, so they can be recycled and reduce the need for coltan mining
- Use recycled toilet paper to protect our forests
- Support the fight for mandatory labelling of palm oil on food products so that consumers can choose responsibly
- Donate plastic on-site at our zoos, so that it can be recycled into Seal the Loop bins for discarded fishing line
Simple choices can make a real difference on a big scale. Everyone can do their part to fight extinction and save the environment
Research plays a big part in helping us fight extinction. Zoos Victoria is involved in 54 research projects focusing on:
- Breeding for reintroduction and recovery
- Animal health, husbandry and wellbeing
- Reproductive management
- Wildlife rehabilitation
- Visitor experience
- Community conservation
By researching these important areas, we can improve animal care, understand key threats to species, improve the success of re-introduction programs, and empower and inspire Victorians to fight extinction.