Our Members - Anthony and Josh's Story
Zoos Victoria has over 200,000 members who are like an army of wildlife advocates that have joined the fight to save the world’s wildlife from extinction. Eight year old Anthony and six year old Josh Del Papa are two young Zoo Members who have answered the call to save gorillas from extinction in the wild. This is their story…
Anthony and Josh Del Papa are brothers on a mission: to collect 1,000 mobile phones in order to save gorillas in the wild. The students from Wheeler’s Hill have recruited their local community, soccer club, dad’s workplace and St Justin’s Catholic Primary School community to help them reach their ambitious target…and they are well on their way.
In July 2014 Anthony and Josh dropped off a collection of phones at Werribee Open Range Zoo, where they met the Zoo’s bachelor group of gorillas, Motaba, Yakini and Ganyeka.
The Del Papa’s commitment and visit to the zoo made news right around Australia and their story has inspired many other people in the community to get involved.