Meet our partners fighting for wildlife on the frontline overseas.
We are global citizens, and Zoos Victoria recognises our responsibility to extend our conservation efforts and help build capacity and capability beyond Australia’s borders.
As such, we have supported holistic wildlife conservation in other countries since 1992. Over the subsequent years, our conservation efforts abroad have expanded and our strategy has evolved. We now focus on deeper engagement to secure measureable benefits for both people and animals around the world because extinction cannot be stopped without the work of local people and communities who are dedicated to the wildlife we share our planet with.
Fauna and Flora International, Vietnam
Protecting Northern White-cheeked Gibbons in their last stronghold.
We are proud to support our partners in Vietnam in their efforts to conserve Northern White-cheeked Gibbons and Asian Elephants. While the Vietnamese Government has endorsed protection for both species, on-ground support is needed to achieve long-term outcomes.
In order to protect these two species in Vietnam's Pu Mat National Park, Zoos Victoria is supporting Fauna and Flora International to remove snares from the park; assist rangers to apprehend poachers; provide training for villagers to track wildlife and collect data; and work to mitigate human-elephant conflict by establishing sustainable alternative projects for local people.
Mabuwaya Foundation, Philippines
Discover how we are protecting the world's most critically endangered crocodile.
Zoos Victoria has partnered with the Mabuwaya Foundation (meaning “long live the crocodile” in Tagalog) since 2000 to protect the Philippine Crocodile.
We provide funding for the Foundation’s fieldwork, which includes habitat protection and wild crocodile population surveys. We also hold the position of of advisor to the Philippines National Committee for Crocodile Conservation and we work strategically to facilitate partnerships with the Philippines Government and international zoos to support in-situ conservation of this species.
Rhino Fund Uganda
In partnership with Rhino Fund Uganda, the only rhinos in Uganda have Zoos Victoria on their side.
In Uganda, the last Northern White Rhino was killed in 1983. Rhino Fund Uganda's mission is clear: to bring the rhinoceros back to Uganda. In a plan endorsed by the Ugandan Government and rhino experts, Rhino Fund Uganda plans to reestablish rhinos in the wild in Uganda through a breeding program that uses the very closely-related Southern White Rhinoceros.
Zoos Victoria is assisting Rhino Fund Uganda to fulfill their mission by supporting their rangers to provide 24/7 care and monitoring of the rhinos across the 7,000ha of bush and scrub; community engagement activities; and also educating the children of the rangers who would not otherwise have access to education.
Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie, Marquesas Islands
Conservation on the frontline in some of the most remote islands in the world.
Lying north-west of Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands comprises 15 islands mostly of volcanic origin that have experienced extreme wildlife loss due to predation by introduced species such as cats and rats.
With Zoos Victoria’s support, Société d’Ornithologie de Polynesie-Manu is implementing action plans for a number of species of birds that include the removal of cats and the development of sustainable alternative income streams for villagers.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Rwanda
Zoos Victoria is providing life-saving support to some our closest relatives
Humans and gorillas share 98% of the same DNA. But sadly, it is mainly human-created threats that are driving this great African ape towards extinction. Gorillas are being hunted by poachers, fall victim to snares set to catch other wildlife and are even suffering from the impacts of disease from surrounding human communities that enter their habitat.
Zoos Victoria is assisting the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to address these threats, primarily by supporting their gorilla conservation efforts in the Volcanoes National Park and Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda. These include the development of projects that provide sustainable alternatives to hunting wildlife and extracting timber from the forests.
Tree-kangaroo Conservation Program
Find out what we're doing for the Matschie's Tree-kangaroo in Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea's wildlife and its people face growing threats from unregulated development, particularly logging and mining; high levels of poverty; limited access to health and education; and the absence of sustainable alternative incomes. The Matschie’s Tree-kangaroo is among the species that have suffered a marked decline from hunting and habitat loss.
Zoos Victoria is proud to have partnered with the Tree-kangaroo Conservation Program Zoos to support the Program’s YUS Conservation Coffee, a product that generates measurable benefits for both wildlife and people. Upon joining the Coffee Program, villagers pledge land to the YUS Conservation Area, increasing wildlife and habitat protection. In turn, local people gain increased access to healthcare and education.