World Wildlife Day was in its fifth year, giving members another opportunity to showcase their contributions to conservation, positive animal welfare and the environment that we share with our wildlife. Aligning with Goal 14 of the UN’s sustainable development goals, the 2019 theme “Life below water: for people and planet” gave us the chance to highlight marine species and celebrate initiatives that effectively conserve and sustainably manage these animals.
Raising public awareness and engaging the community in conservation messages and activities are some of the most important things that our zoos and aquariums can do. Global events like World Wildlife Day have seen our members partner with like-minded organisations to reach wider audiences and engage more members of the community. Port Moresby Nature Park hosted another exciting World Wildlife Day celebration, with thousands of visitors in attendance enjoying everything from animal encounters to food and games.
Reducing our environmental impact is a key part of the fight to protect our wildlife. For World Wildlife Day, Dreamworld announced its commitment to remove all single-use plastics supplied to staff and guests. They also held an interactive presentation at a local school to highlight the importance of sustainable living and show the next generation what they can do to make a difference.
Many of our members are involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life across Australasia. The veterinary team at Perth Zoo have been assisting a wide range of marine species by providing emergency and rehabilitative care to a number of different sea turtles, sea birds and penguins.
Zoo’s Victoria have been active in a number of different wildlife protection initiatives through their International Grants Program. To celebrate World Wildlife Day, they highlighted several of these exciting programs including the Livestock Guardian Dogs that were introduced in Mongolia to prevent Snow Leopards from coming into contact with the local communities.