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Love Your Locals

Did you know Australia has one of the worst extinction rates in the world? Zoos Victoria is working to ensure that no Victorian terrestrial species goes extinct on our watch! We thought it was time to look into our own backyards and fight the extinction of 21 native species who without our help, may disappear in the wild within 10 years.

The Love Your Locals campaign aims to raise the profile of these 21 species – many of which are unknown. We’ll be working hard to tell their stories and declare our love. We have already made a start – through street art, love letters in the newspaper and through the introduction of Zooperman and the Extinction Fighters. Find out more about these brave zooperheroes.

It isn’t hard to fight extinction and save wildlife. You can declare your love for local animals and become an extinction fighter too!

Zoos Victoria Awarded San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal

Zoos Victoria Awarded San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal

Zoos Victoria has been honoured for its fight against wildlife extinction by being awarded the prestigious San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal at a ceremony in the United States yesterday.

10 August 2016
Hall of Fame Winners

2014 Hall of Fame

Last night, Melbourne Zoo’s Leopard Lodge was host to the second Zoos Victoria annual Hall of Fame event, coinciding with World Environment Day. The event celebrated outstanding people and supportive organisations that have made significant contributions to our three zoos.

6 June 2014
Saving the Leadbeater's Possum Video

Leadbeater’s Possum

Want to fight extinction with us? There are many ways you can help save Leadbeater's Possums.

Act Wild for Orange-bellied Parrots video

Orange-bellied Parrot

There are estimated to be fewer than 50 Orange-bellied Parrots left in the wild, this critically endangered parrot is teetering on the edge of extinction.

Tasmanian Devil stand off

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupials in the world today.  Devils once occurred on mainland Australia, but have been confined to Tasmania since pre-European times. 

Saving Corroboree Frogs Video

Southern Corroboree Frog

Because of its bright yellow and black stripes, the Critically Endangered Southern Corroboree Frog is one of Australia’s best known frog species.

Helmeted Honeyeater eating berries

Helmeted Honeyeater

The Helmeted Honeyeater is Critically Endangered. There are currently three small semi-wild populations established in remnant streamside swamp forest to the east of Melbourne.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot at night

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Bandicoots were once widespread across grasslands and grassy woodlands of western Victoria and South Australia.  By 1991, the subspecies was on the brink of extinction, primarily due to habitat loss and predation by introduced foxes and cats. The mainland subspecies of Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii, is now considered extinct in the wild. They are listed as endangered federally.

Meet the Mountain Pygmy-possum

Mountain Pygmy-possum

The Mountain Pygmy-possum is Australia’s only hibernating marsupial. There are thought to be less than 2000 Mountain Pygmy Possums left in the wild.

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect nymph

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect was driven to the brink of extinction by Black Rats in the early twentieth century. However, in 2001 it was rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a rat-free volcanic outcrop 23 km off the coast of Lord Howe Island.

Adult Spotted Tree frog

Spotted Tree Frog

The Spotted Tree Frog is a mountain stream frog species from north-eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater

The soft metallic chiming call of the Regent Honeyeater is now a rare sound.

Baw Baw Frog video 2015

Baw Baw Frog

The Baw Baw Frog needs our help. Like many amphibians, the Baw Baw Frog has suffered massive population declines in the last 20 years. Zoos Victoria recognises that if something isn’t done soon, it may be too late for this species.

Stuttering Frog on a leaf

Stuttering Frog

The Stuttering Frog has a call like a kookaburra in a hurry: ‘kook kook kook kra-a-ak… kruk… kruk’.  Quite a chunky frog, it is also known as the Southern Barred Frog because of the stripes on its arms and legs.

Grassland Earless Dragon on rock

Grassland Earless Dragon

This miniature dragon was once found in the native grasslands of western Victoria, NSW and ACT, from Geelong to Bathurst.

Alpine she-oak skink in hand

Alpine She-oak Skink

Working closely with the Department of Sustainability & Environment we have secured the first ever founder population of this endangered skink whose restricted and fragmented distribution has left this species increasingly vulnerable to extinction.

Northern Corroboree Frog sitting with eggs

Northern Corroboree Frog

‘Squelch’ may not be the most stunning of calls, but this is quite a stunning little frog.  Northern Corroboree Frogs (Pseudophryne pengilleyi) are vividly striped and can be distinguished from Sou

Guthega Skink basking on rock

Guthega Skink

The Guthega Skink is an alpine lizard: it is only found at sites more than 1600m above sea level and hibernates through the cold and often snowy winter period.

Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby front

Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby

The Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby inhabits rugged, rocky areas of south-east Australia. Their largest population is in northern New South Wales, but they can also be found in south-eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales and Victoria’s East Gippsland region. 


Southern Bent-wing Bat

The Southern Bent-wing Bat is a small, insectivorous bat species that roost in caves near coastal cliffs. The species is Critically Endangered and is increasingly under threat by human disturbance of roosting caves and foraging habitat.

Smoky Mouse on sand

Smoky Mouse

The Smoky Mouse is a native Australian rodent with soft, fine fur ranging from pale grey to blue-grey, or even black, in colour. 

New Holland Mouse on rock

New Holland Mouse

The New Holland Mouse once had a continuous population across the east coast of Australia, but the species’ distribution is now fragmented with declining populations across four states.