Common Cents Challenge

Fighting extinction is just common cents

Victoria's grasslands are one of Australia's most threatened ecosystems with less than 0.1% of the habitat remaining. Sadly these shrinking grasslands are also home to some of Victoria's most unique animals such as the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

A new born Eastern Barred Bandicoot is almost the same size as a 5 cent coin or a $2 coin.

1. The Common Cents Silver Challenge

Collecting 300 five cent coins is all it takes to support Zoos Victoria's Eastern Barred Bandicoot threatened species program.

Mark your coins off on the Common Cents posters as you collect them.

On completion of the challenge you will receive:

  • a certificate of appreciation
  • a tax deductible receipt.

2. The Common Cents Gold Challenge

Collecting 90 two dollar coins is all it takes to adopt an Eastern Barred Bandicoot for a year.

Mark your coins off on the Common Cents posters as you collect them.

On completion of the challenge you will receive:

  • an Eastern Barred Bandicoot Animal Adoption Pack
  • a certificate of appreciation
  • a tax deductible receipt.

Upon completing the challenge please send a cheque or money order clearly marked with your name, school and address to:

Zoos Victoria Foundation
Common Cents Gold Challenge
PO Box 74 Parkville
Victoria 3052

School Programs
Eastern Barred Bandicoot on grasslands

Grassland ecosystems

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Grasslands are an amazing resource with a diverse range of species that interact together. 

Growling Grass Frog

Habitats under threat

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Saving our threatened animals begins with taking action to reduce our impact on the habitats where they live. 

habitat detective

Habitat detectives

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Magnifiers in hand students transform into Habitat Detectives and their challenge is to find clues for various animals found within Victorian habitats.

The Animals
Eastern Barred Bandicoot at night

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot wouldn’t be here without us. The mainland subspecies of Eastern Barred Bandicoot was thought to be extinct until a small population was discovered sheltering among wrecked cars at the Hamilton tip in western Victoria.