Dreamworld used Global Tiger Day on July 29th, to draw attention to the threats faced by tigers in the wild and the ways in which visitors can support their conservation.
With fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, Melati and Mya, along with Dreamworld’s 10 other resident tigers, play an important role in helping save their cousins in the wilds of Sumatra, Russia and Nepal.
Animal experience programs help raise funds for global tiger conservation efforts, through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF). Guests can also contribute to DWF via their Adopt-An-Animal program (available online or in-park) or one-off donations made to any of the donation boxes located around Tiger Island. There is also a range of merchandise for sale in the Tiger Bazaar Shop, with a portion of each purchase directed straight to DWF.
“Our various fundraising initiatives continue to raise money which fund anti-poaching teams globally,” Tiger Island Manager Patrick Martin-Vegue said.
“The results of these contributions towards anti-poaching teams in Sumatra, speak for themselves with Wild Cats Conservation Alliance reporting a 78% reduction of active snares recorded in the region last year compared to the previous year. The teams have also seen an increased frequency of tiger presence in the area in that time.”
“We have a long way to go, but these promising results show us how important it is to continue the fight for tiger conservation, and that every cent counts.”
In alignment with Global Tiger Day on Sunday, several other initiatives were also launched by Dreamworld to raise much-needed funds for global tiger conservation. Visitors will soon be able to round-up any payment they make in-park, with all additional funds going to DWF or, donate via a tap-and-go system whilst roaming around Dreamworld.
“We’re very proud of the fact the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation is one of the world’s largest financial contributors to wild tiger conservation,” Pat said.
“We hope that we can educate more people about tiger conservation and instill the drive towards making a difference, one step at a time.”