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Makes a lot of cents!

26 June 2017

Four students from Werribee Primary School have collected a whopping 5,050 five-cent coins to help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Inspired by Zoos Victoria’s Common Cents Challenge, Grade Five classmates Heaven, Luella, Meredith and Emily worked together to raise $252.55.

The four classmates and Biodiversity Environment Student Team (BEST) leaders, were excited to hand over the coins to Werribee Open Range Zoo Education Office Gen Johnson during their school assembly. Gen was grateful for the opportunity to thank the students who donated five-cent coins and show how the efforts of every individual can make a difference to the conservation of local species.

Students from Werribee Primary School are long-time supporters of Werribee Open Range Zoo’s campaigns and have raised hundreds of dollars in support of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. The school has also participated in the annual Love Your Locals program for five consecutive years.

Eastern Barred Bandicoots were once widespread throughout Western Victoria, but are currently extinct in the wild of mainland of Australia, as a result of loss of habitat and introduced predators.

The Common Cents Challenge supports Zoos Victoria’s breeding program for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and helps raise awareness for this local species.

Find out how your school can become involved in the Common Cents Challenge.