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7 June 2013

Zoos Victoria’s inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony was held on Tuesday night and celebrated the meaningful contributions that 10 individuals and institutions have made to the Zoo.

More than 200 people attended the Hall of Fame dinner held at Melbourne Zoo with notable guests including Minister for the Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith who presented the Young Advocate Award to Thomas King and Chloe Nicolosi.

Mr Smith said he was honoured to be able to present the award and recognised the important contribution young people make to the conservation movement.

Amongst the other inductees were noted philanthropists, Baillieu and Sarah Myer, former Zoos Victoria Chairman Andrew Fairley, staff member Kevin Mason, volunteers Gary Garner and Beryl Durran-Rantall, media representative and journalist for the Age, Bridie Smith and education institution the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.

Former Chairman Andrew Fairley was recognised for his work pioneering Zoos Victoria’s vision and transforming the organisation though the Fighting Extinction Commitment. During his acceptance speech, Mr Fairley said he was humbled to receive the inaugural Fighting Extinction Award and trusted Zoos Victoria to continue the important work of protecting threatened species.

Zoos Victoria's work fighting extinction was further highlighted on the evening through songs, speeches and even a toy  Eastern Barred Bandicoot  for  all guests  to take home.

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