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3 July 2014

Along with our partners, Zoos Victoria has helped secure $830,000 for three large threatened species and animal welfare research projects through the Commonwealth government’s Australian Research Council Linkage grants scheme.

This funding will add to significant partner contributions, including $90,000 over three years received from Zoos Victoria.

These grants will address some of our priority research questions to enhance our knowledge and help the Zoos Victoria achieve our commitment to fight the extinction of local wildlife.

The three exciting areas of research include:

  • Investigating disease risk and management in both wild and captive Orange-bellied Parrots
  • Developing techniques to improve breeding success in some of our endangered frog programs
  • Optimising visitor-animal interactions in zoos to ensure high welfare standards and promote great visitor experiences

Our partners across the three projects include the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Taronga Conservation Society, the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industry, Detect Australia, Charles Sturt University, the University of Wollongong and the NSW Office for Environment and Heritage.

The research will help our zoos better manage our threatened species programs which we hope will ultimately lead to the recovery of these species in the wild. We look forward to reporting on the findings from these exciting projects as they emerge.

Find out more about Zoos Victoria’s twenty priority species we’re currently working with.

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