Our Staff - Dan’s story
At the heart of fighting wildlife extinction is the need for robust science. As Zoos Victoria’s Threatened Species Biologist, Dan’s work underpins our efforts to save 21 of Australia’s most endangered species from extinction. Dan’s is part of a 700 strong workforce at Zoos Victoria that is dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction and this is his story…
Over the last 20 years, Dan has spent a majority of his time with a tiny possum, the last lowland population of Leadbeater’s Possum at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, 50km east of Melbourne. He has spent many nights in the forest monitoring the small number of families left in this tiny reserve. His work with the Leadbeater's Possum has driven the Zoo’s breeding program for the species – a program that is critical given there are only 45 of the lowland possums left in the wild.
Dan’s work has also informed Zoos Victoria’s efforts to fight the extinction of 21 of south eastern Australia’s most endangered animals including the Baw Baw Frog, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, the Mountain Pygmy Possum, the Tasmanian Devil and the Orange-bellied Parrot.