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.
Guests immediately stepped into a forest woodland themed room and were treated to performances from Jeanne Pratt’s The Production Company, Adam Murphy and Andrew Broadbent. Later in the evening the room fell in love with the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum via the keynote speech given by Threatened Species Biologist, Dr Dan Harley.
Last night, five inductees were honoured in the Hall of Fame:
The Honorary Life Achievement Award: Lady Potter AC for her outstanding contribution supporting to Zoos Victoria for more than 20 years through her work with the Ian Potter Foundation.
The Fighting Extinction Award: Pam Miskin awarded posthumously for her inspiring efforts to save Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum first as a staff member of Healesville Sanctuary and later as the President of the Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum Group.
The Young Advocate of the Year Award: Mieke Florisson for her outstanding contribution to wildlife conservation through her work writing and publishing a book about the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum as a young person under the age of 18.
The People Award: Murrundindi, Wurundjeri Elder for his outstanding contribution as a staff member of Healesville Sanctuary for more than 30 years and for his dedication to bringing the Sanctuary along on its journey towards reconciliation.
The Partnership Award: Nine News Melbourne – Jo Hall and Peter Hitchener for their outstanding achievement in reporting on environmental and zoological issues and their longstanding relationship which spans more than 30 years.
Together we can improve animal care, reduce threatening processes and save endangered species.
Our Victorian state animal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum was thought to be extinct until found in the central highlands of Victoria. You can help us fight extinction by adopting the Leadbeater's Possum.