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Victoria's most endangered take to the streets

24 October 2012

A City Circle tram has been dressed up to feature Zoos Victoria’s 20 priority native threatened species.

The tram will travel on the City Circle route for six months and will encourage commuters to Love Their Locals by getting to know these beautiful but fairly unknown creatures. 

Nearly all of the 20 species are native to Victoria and are expected to be extinct within ten years without intervention.

The Baw Baw Frog, Helmeted Honeyeater and Mountain Pygmy Possum aren’t household names yet, but the tram will help Victorians to recognise these animals and take action to prevent their extinction.

Zoos Victoria’s extinction fighting superhero Zooperman was on hand at the launch to spread the message about these threatened species. Zooperman and his Extinction Fighters help the community to protect these animals with cartoon characters designed to engage Victorians with each of the species.

Zoo Keeper Kate Pearce also brought some of the very rare Lord Howe Island Stick Insects to inspect the new tram featuring their image.

Victorians will have the opportunity to see the tram as it transports tourists and locals around Melbourne.

Visitors also have the opportunity to view some of the native species at Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Find out more about Zoo's Victoria's 20 threatened native species