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Zooperman and the Extinction Fighters

Zooperman is the new zooper hero for Zoos Victoria – fighting extinction along with his band of twenty Extinction Fighters (who also happen to be the same 21 priority species that Zoos Victoria has committed to help).

Zooperman is here to show you that it doesn’t take much to make a difference to wildlife and fight extinction – be it switching to recycled toilet paper or buying beads at our zoos, you can be sure Zooperman’s advice is advice that works!

The Extinction Fighters (TM) are a band of twenty incredible Australian native species – animals that are found in the south-east corner of Australia and who are all under serious threat! They are a mighty voice for native fauna and are here to help the public learn to love their local wildlife and take action to ensure their survival. Everyone can be a hero and help save wildlife, no matter how small, young, old, furry or slimy you are.

Each of the Zoos Victoria properties has a special hero species onsite – who will help tell the story of fighting extinction:

  • You can fall in love with Leadbeater’s Possum and Lunar Leadbeater at Healesville Sanctuary.
  • Find out about Baz and his Eastern Barred Bandicoot pals at Werribee Open Range Zoo in the Bandicoot Hideout.
  • Get up close with Lord Howe, our famous phasmid, at Melbourne Zoo – where he and his Lord Howe Island Stick Insect friends are being bred for release in the future.

As well as these three, many other Extinction Fighters will be appearing at a property near you– keep an eye out for them and say ‘Hi!’ to Zooperman.

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Saving wildlife, one window at a time

RMIT Visual Merchandising students have brought to life the meaning of fighting extinction in the spectacular window display at RMIT's city campus on Cardigan Street.

3 April 2013
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.

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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. 

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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.

The Extinction Fighters were created to help tell the story of the 21 species Zoos Victoria has committed to ensure do not go extinct.

They are led by the zooper-hero with a big heart, Zooperman, who is the face of Zoos Victoria’s commitment to fight extinction – both locally and globally!

Which Extinction Fighter are you most like?

You can become an Extinction Fighter and go on special missions each season, just by becoming a member and joining the Zoos Victoria family. Members will be able to find out secret stories and search for these 21 species in order to win some awesome zoo prizes.

You can visit Lunar Leadbeater at Healesville Sanctuary! Lunar’s Secret Forest allows you to learn all about the threats to Leadbeater’s Possum and find them hiding in the hollows.