Join Zoos Victoria’s leading industry experts as they explore the challenges and innovations unfolding in wildlife conservation.
Get to know the people behind some of Australia’s most exciting conservation programs as they share their experiences out in the field and on the front line.
Conservation Conversations will delve into an array of wide-ranging topics, and provide you with an opportunity to take part in impactful and insightful discussion.
|Wednesday 13 May||Mountain Pygmy-possum: Protecting a species on the brink|
|Wednesday 20 May||Conservation dogs: Sniffing out threatened species|
|Wednesday 27 May||International conservation and the value of partnerships (with special guest Rhino Fund Uganda)|
|Wednesday 3 June||Good news stories: wildlife, nature and finding hope|
Catch up on the full webinar recordings below...
Week 1: Wednesday 13 May
Mountain Pygmy-possum: Protecting a species on the brink
The critically endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum is Australia’s only hibernating marsupial and often weighs less than a golf ball. With fewer than 2,000 left in the wild and the growing threat of habitat loss, predation and climate change, they’re in urgent need of help.
When the population of the possums’ main food source, Bogong moths, plummeted from an estimated 4.4 billion to being nearly undetectable in 2017 and 2018, Zoos Victoria Reproductive Biologist, Dr Marissa Parrott and a team of experts from across the country united to protect the possums and moths, and bring the species back from the brink.
Join Dr Marissa Parrott and Zoos Victoria Conservation Campaigner, Darcie Carruthers, for a compelling conversation about their experiences working in wildlife and community conservation, over a cup of tea.
Week 2: Wednesday 20 May
Conservation dogs: Sniffing out threatened species
Dogs have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us – which makes them experts at analysing smells and the ideal co-worker to assist with threatened species conservation.
Join three women making strides as they discuss the inception of the Fighting Extinction Detection Dog Program, what makes an ideal detection dog, the relationship between handler and dog, and how the program has changed the game for threatened species conservation.
Week 3: Wednesday 27 May
International conservation and the value of partnerships (with special guest Rhino Fund Uganda)
Over the last 25 years, Zoos Victoria has supported a number of international conservation organisations across the globe.
Strong relationships form the foundation of these partnerships, and the collective goal of delivering measurable and sustainable outcomes for people and wildlife.
In 2016, Zoos Victoria partnered with Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) when poaching of rhino horn was at its peak in Africa. Over the years, the partnership has evolved, resulting in the sharing of knowledge and experience between the two organisations.
For this webinar, we’re joined by a special guest - Angie Genade, who has lived and worked at the remote Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for over ten years. In her early days at the organisation she admits that she feared these mighty beasts, but she quickly fell in love with their gentle nature and came to be their devoted protector. Today, she is the Executive Director, managing over 150 staff, and has garnered the support of neighbouring farmers and communities which has been critical to the success of the program.
As the Manager of International Conservation at Zoos Victoria, Chris Banks has built long-lasting relationships with many zoos and conservation organisations abroad, including RFU. Join Chris and Angie as they discuss the importance of collaboration, education and their passion for conserving wildlife.
Week 4: Wednesday 3 JUNE
Good news stories: wildlife, nature and finding hope
For the final instalment of Conservation Conversations, we’re joined by Dr Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria, and Dr Sally Sherwen, Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science. Learn about the psychology of optimism, and how we can find hope in the face of adversity.
This conversation will delve into the challenges of recent events, and how they have pushed the organisation to adapt and innovate. Hear about Zoos Victoria’s role in the recent bushfires, stories of survival and humanity, and the outpouring of support from across the world.
Jenny and Sally will provide insight into what the future holds for the organisation, including new, community-led recovery projects and what success looks like.
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While our zoos remain temporarily closed, our conservation work carries on and is more urgent than ever. The survival of some species still hangs in the balance, and for many, our commitment to fight wildlife extinction is their only hope.