Totes for Wildlife

Buy a tote bag and directly support the conservation of local threatened species. With your help, we’ve got conservation in the bag!

Totes for Wildlife will highlight a local threatened species each year and, through the sale of special edition tote bags, raise funds for the vital conservation projects we and our partners undertake to protect them. 

This year, the Helmeted Honeyeater is in need of critical help.

The Helmeted Honeyeater

The Critically Endangered Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) is Victoria’s bird emblem. Found nowhere else in Australia, current estimates of the wild population are at 230 birds in only a few small locations east of Melbourne.

With habitat availability continuing to threaten the long term survival of this species, Zoos Victoria is working with partners to plant new habitat and improve habitat quality. Thanks to your support purchasing bags last year, 5,000 trees will be planted this May by Friends of Helmeted Honeyeater in Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. 

Helmeted Honeyeater numbers reached as low as 50 in 1990. Breeding programs and habitat work have increased these numbers to over 200.
Helmeted Honeyeater numbers reached as low as 50 in 1990. Breeding programs and habitat work have increased these numbers to over 200.
The Helmeted Honeyeater prefers riparian and swamp forest areas with Eucalypts and smaller understorey shrubs.
The Helmeted Honeyeater prefers riparian and swamp forest areas with Eucalypts and smaller understorey shrubs.

You can help

As Helmeted Honeyeater recovery continues, more habitat is needed to secure their future.

The sale of every Totes for Wildlife bag will buy a tree to be planted for the Helmeted Honeyeater.
These trees are scheduled to be planted to improve habitat quality within Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve in early-mid 2021.

 

Holding a tote bag with green leaves behind it

You buy a tote…

We plant a tree…  

Together we help a species.

Buy a tote at any of our zoos or online.

Want to get hands on and help plant trees?

The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater often run planting days, habitat monitoring and restoration events that you can be involved in to support this beautiful bird in the wild. 

PETstock Assist are generously supporting Totes for Wildlife and the associated recovery projects as our major campaign partner.

Want to do more? Continue to support the Helmeted Honeyeater by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Zoos Victoria is committed to Fighting Extinction. We work within our zoos and in wild habitats, collaboratively with recovery teams and partner organisations, to ensure the survival of local threatened species.