My chosen charity...
WILD LIFE Conservation Fund
I like to help out where I can. I'm currently supporting WILD LIFE Conservation Fund which does some amazing work helping Aussie wildlife!
What is the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund?
The WILD LIFE Conservation Fund is committed to protecting Australia's unique terrestrial animals and their habitats. The WILD LIFE Conservation Fund is a not for profit organisation based in New South Wales supporting some of Australia's leading research and conservation organisations. These organisations are designed to protect Australian native habitats and the amazing wildlife that lives within them.
Our vision is a world where vital habitats and wildlife are respected and conserved. Our mission at the WLCF is to generate interest, inspire awareness, share knowledge and take action to conserve native wildlife. We aim to achieve this through fundraising, hosting educational talks and local initiatives such as our school outreach programs.
Cassowaries are found in the stunning tropical rainforest of North-east Queensland. Unfortunately with increased land clearing in their rainforest habitat, cassowary numbers have declined significantly and there are now only an estimated 1500 birds remaining in the wild. This project supports Rainforest Rescue's ‘Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever' programs based in the Daintree Rainforest which identifies, purchases, then protects high conservation value rainforest and replants previously cleared areas of rainforest to create more habitable areas for animals like the cassowary. We support this project through fundraising, education, advocacy and volunteer support at annual planting opportunities which help protect and restore vital cassowary habitat.
Wombats like many native animals are often subject to road collisions. This project supports Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary which is a rescue centre located just outside Canberra that specialises in rehabilitating injured and or orphaned wombats. We support this project through fundraising, education, advocacy and volunteer support which will enable the sanctuary to continue to care for orphaned and or injured wombats and construct new enclosures.
Project: Tassie Devil
Once very common, the Tasmanian Devil population has been in steep decline over the last two decades based largely on the spread of a contagious cancer known as Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). This project supports the Tasmanian Devil research team at the University of Sydney working on unlocking the secrets of DFTD and providing vital genetic information into the captive breeding program. We support this project through fundraising, education and advocacy which enables researchers to continue and expand their research into DFTD and the recovery program.
Koalas are one of Australia's most iconic and admired native animals. Sadly they are now also threatened with extinction. This project supports the koala research team at Western Sydney University working with koalas based within the Blue Mountains region. The project involves fitting koalas with radio collars. This important piece of equipment allows a team of researchers to track how far these koalas move, how often they encounter other koalas and, of particular interest, what these koalas eat. Researchers learn what koalas have eaten through a chemical analysis of their poo and leaves in a laboratory. We support this project through fundraising, education and advocacy which enables researchers to continue and expand their koala research and monitoring program.
Project: School Outreach
WILD LIFE Conservation Fund aims to visits schools within the Sydney region to inspire pro wildlife action amongst our youngest generation. We take along some of our favourite animal ambassadors with the help of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo staff and run interactive animal presentations. With the help of these iconic Australian animals we teach the students about the interconnectedness between humans and nature and the importance of conserving native wildlife. We also donate a small amount of native plants to the school that with the help of the students are planted on their grounds as a native bush garden that will encourage local wildlife to visit and provide food and shelter for many local species for years to come serving as a reminder of the role we can play to conserve native wildlife.