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Corroboree Frog

First Threatened Species Commissioner Announced

Zoos Victoria has welcomed the appointment of Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner, Mr Gregory Andrews to help stem the tide of extinctions in Australia. Zoos Victoria’s Director of Wildlife, Conservation and Science Rachel Lowry has been appointed as one of four advisors to the Commissioner and has been invited to join the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Environment which offers advice to Minister Greg Hunt across his entire portfolio.

4 July 2014
Orange-bellied Parrot

$830,000 secured for critical research projects

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.

3 July 2014
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East West Link Update

Earlier this week, the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, announced his decision for the East West Link project to go ahead. Although in his announcement, he mentioned that the project will be subject to changes following expert advice from a planning panel investigating the project.

3 July 2014
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Students swing into action for gorillas

Eight year-old Anthony and his six year-old brother Josh are on a mission to help save gorillas in the wild.

2 July 2014
Wild swan release

Swan Surgery Success

A wild swan brought into Melbourne Zoo yesterday afternoon by a Wildlife Victoria carer was treated successfully and then released back to its home on the Yarra, near the Melbourne University boatshed.

30 June 2014
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Vale Tapini

Healesville Sanctuary’s Veterinarians and Keepers made the sad decision today to euthanise Tapini, our Tree-kangaroo. Tapini was 18 years old, and was diagnosed with arthritis in January 2012. She had been receiving medications to manage her comfort and mobility.

26 June 2014
Meerkat on the hill

Zoo closures due to high winds

Due to high winds, Melbourne Zoo is closed to visitors and members while Werribee Open Range Zoo remains open with some sections closed for visitor safety.

24 June 2014
Swan surgery

Sad News on Wild Swan Surgery

Melbourne Zoo is very sad to announce the loss of the wild Black Swan, which arrived here from Southbank on Sunday, June 15. The swan had swallowed a fishing line and hook, and it was rescued by Water Police and then brought to the Zoo by Wildlife Victoria carers.

16 June 2014
Kiani

Kiani's going undercover

In this month’s animal profile we meet Kiani (Suma), Melbourne Zoo’s 35 year old orang-utan and star of the upcoming Go Undercover winter program.

12 June 2014
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Zoos Victoria Launch Kicking Goals for Wildlife

As World Cup fever sweeps across Brazil more than 9,000 kilometres away in Northern Kenya, young warrior men are about to play their very first match in the Melako Conservation Football League.

12 June 2014