Taronga Recognised For Its Conservation Work


At a recent ceremony, Taronga Zoo was recognised for its contribution to conservation and received the San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal. Taronga was honoured alongside Zoos Victoria in the Conservation Partner category for their combined efforts in research, public education and wildlife conservation. In particular Taronga was recognised for its work in helping save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction as well as its breed and release programs for other species that are critically endangered including the Corroboree Frog and Regent Honeyeater.

Partnering with other organisations

Taronga was also honoured for over 76 joint research and conservation projects being undertaken at the zoo. It was also lauded for its attempt at developing a smartphone app that seeks to fight against wildlife trafficking. Taronga is also partnering with San Diego Zoo to export the app it has developed to the United States. Cameron Kerr Taronga’s CEO accepted the award on behalf of his organisation and highlighted its programs devoted too indigenous and visitor educational programs.

 “We are at a significant juncture in the history of the Taronga. We are developing our capacity to deliver vitally important community education programs, as well as continuing our commitment to wildlife conservation,” said Mr. Cameron.

The medal is a great honour

San Diego’s Zoo Global has a vision to end the process of extinction and as such has been awarding a Conservation Medal to recognise world leaders and organisations who share its vision. In the past luminaries such as Sir David Attenborough and Jane Goodall have been awarded the medal.

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