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Love Your Locals

In south-east Australia, 21 local species could disappear within the next decade without assistance. These species are on the brink of extinction due to a range of threats. A lesser recognised but very real threat to these species is that Victorians do not know that they exist or how they can help.

The only thing more unjust than wildlife extinction, is the loss of a species that no one knew was in trouble.

In collaboration with recovery teams and experts from around Australia, Zoos Victoria has developed a five-year Wildlife Conservation Master Plan which includes $30 million worth of projects that our 21 most endangered species need to ensure a future.​

Zoos Victoria is funding as much as the plan as we can, but we can’t do it alone. You can help our most endangered local species by making a one-off donation or lend your ongoing support by becoming a Zoo Member.

Zoos Victoria Awarded San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal

Zoos Victoria Awarded San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal

Zoos Victoria has been honoured for its fight against wildlife extinction by being awarded the prestigious San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal at a ceremony in the United States yesterday.

10 August 2016
Hall of Fame Winners

2014 Hall of Fame

Last night, Melbourne Zoo’s Leopard Lodge was host to the second Zoos Victoria annual Hall of Fame event, coinciding with World Environment Day. The event celebrated outstanding people and supportive organisations that have made significant contributions to our three zoos.

6 June 2014

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Saving the Leadbeater's Possum Video

Leadbeater’s Possum

Want to fight extinction with us? There are many ways you can help save Leadbeater's Possums.

Act Wild for Orange-bellied Parrots video

Orange-bellied Parrot

There are estimated to be fewer than 50 Orange-bellied Parrots left in the wild, this critically endangered parrot is teetering on the edge of extinction.

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupials in the world today.  Devils once occurred on mainland Australia, but have been confined to Tasmania since pre-European times. 

Saving Corroboree Frogs Video

Southern Corroboree Frog

Because of its bright yellow and black stripes, the Critically Endangered Southern Corroboree Frog is one of Australia’s best known frog species.

Helmeted Honeyeater eating berries

Helmeted Honeyeater

The Helmeted Honeyeater is Critically Endangered. There are currently three small semi-wild populations established in remnant streamside swamp forest to the east of Melbourne.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot joey

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is a small, nocturnal marsupial. The mainland subspecies of Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii, is listed as extinct in the wild. Zoos Victoria coordinates the captive breeding program and plays a key role in the recovery of this species. 

Meet the Mountain Pygmy-possum

Mountain Pygmy-possum

The Mountain Pygmy-possum is Australia’s only hibernating marsupial. There are thought to be less than 2000 Mountain Pygmy Possums left in the wild.

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect nymph

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect was driven to the brink of extinction by Black Rats in the early twentieth century. However, in 2001 it was rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a rat-free volcanic outcrop 23 km off the coast of Lord Howe Island.

Adult Spotted Tree frog

Spotted Tree Frog

The Spotted Tree Frog is a mountain stream frog species from north-eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater

The soft metallic chiming call of the Regent Honeyeater is now a rare sound.

Baw Baw Frog

Baw Baw Frog

The Baw Baw Frog needs our help. Like many amphibians, the Baw Baw Frog has suffered massive population declines in the last 20 years. Zoos Victoria recognises that if something isn’t done soon, it may be too late for this species.

Stuttering Frog on a leaf

Stuttering Frog

The Stuttering Frog has a call like a kookaburra in a hurry: ‘kook kook kook kra-a-ak… kruk… kruk’.  Quite a chunky frog, it is also known as the Southern Barred Frog because of the stripes on its arms and legs.


Grassland Earless Dragon

The Grassland Earless Dragon hasn't been seen in Victoria since 1969. However Zoos Victoria is continuing the search for any dragons that may still be out there. 

Alpine She-oak Skink snake like

Alpine She-oak Skink

Working closely with the Department of Sustainability & Environment we have secured the first ever founder population of this endangered skink whose restricted and fragmented distribution has left this species increasingly vulnerable to extinction.

Northern Corroboree Frog sitting with eggs

Northern Corroboree Frog

‘Squelch’ may not be the most stunning of calls, but this is quite a stunning little frog.  Northern Corroboree Frogs (Pseudophryne pengilleyi) are vividly striped and can be distinguished from Sou

Guthega Skink basking on rock

Guthega Skink

The Guthega Skink is an alpine lizard: it is only found at sites more than 1600m above sea level and hibernates through the cold and often snowy winter period.

Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby Rick Hammond web620

Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby inhabits rugged, rocky areas of south-east Australia. Their largest population is in northern New South Wales, but they can also be found in south-eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales and Victoria’s East Gippsland region. 


Southern Bent-wing Bat

The Southern Bent-wing Bat is a small, insectivorous bat species that roost in caves near coastal cliffs. The species is Critically Endangered and is increasingly under threat by human disturbance of roosting caves and foraging habitat.

Smoky Mouse on sand

Smoky Mouse

The Smoky Mouse is a native Australian rodent with soft, fine fur ranging from pale grey to blue-grey, or even black, in colour. 

New Holland Mouse on rock

New Holland Mouse

The New Holland Mouse once had a continuous population across the east coast of Australia, but the species’ distribution is now fragmented with declining populations across four states.