ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund

January 2020

Our generous visitors donated $1932.90 towards the fund.

Caversham Wildlife Park contributed to the donation to raise the total to $4000.

As a peak body, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) represents the collective voice of the zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries and wildlife parks across Australasia that operate to the highest standards. Caversham Wildlife Park has proudly been a ZAA member since 2013.

In response to catastrophic bushfires in Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, ZAA has developed the Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF).

The WCF will assist with the immediate support for drought and fire-affected members and long-term rehabilitation and population sustainability. This will be done in a 3-phase approach:

  • Phase one – placing rescued native animals with appropriate facilities and expert care for treatment, ongoing rehabilitation and preparation to return to the wild.
  • Phase two – assessing the impacts on wildlife and habitat to understand where rehabilitation efforts are most needed.
  • Phase three – medium and long-term recovery efforts to return healthy animals to regenerated habitats and revive and sustain populations of wildlife in affected areas.

The following priority areas have been identified:

  • Rescue and rehabilitation of drought and fire-affected Australian native wildlife with the specific end-goal of returning healthy, rehabilitated animals back to the wild;
  • Restoration, rehabilitation and ongoing care and resilience improvement of drought and fire-affected Australian native habitats;
  • Science and research geared toward reassessing species status, habitat regeneration and other science-related projects;
  • Activities that continue to support or help establish federal and/or state endorsed, targeted breed for release conservation activities.

We are very proud to support a fund that is providing immediate assistance, but is also looking ahead to the future for population sustainability.