January 2005

Zoo hosts leading conservationists

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Sunshine Coast Daily, January 2005


News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, page 10, Saturday 1st January, 2005

Australia Zoo will play host to two of the world’s top international conservationists during a presentation in Beerwah on Tuesday.

Joe Hefferman, Indochina Elephant Program Coordinator (FFI) and Matt Hunt, animal husbandry specialist for WildAid, (a non-profit organisation fighting to eliminate the trade of wildlife products) will be Zoo guests during a national tour.

The presentation evening at Beerwah RSL will raise funds and awareness to aid some of the world’s most endangered animals in one of the most beautiful, yet struggling wildlife habitats.

Zoo owner Steve Irwin said the conservationist project furthered the zoo’s relationship with FFI, which was the oldest conservation organisation in the world.

“Previously Australia Zoo and FFI have worked together to save the endangered tigers in Sumatra and now the focus is on Cambodia, where its wildlife really needs help, he said.

“ Cambodia, at the end of 30 years of cival unrest, is sowly rebuilding.

“Elephants, Siamese Crocodiles, Sun Bears and tigers are some of the animal kingdom’s most magnificent creatures and by crikey they are at risk!”

The presentation will be held at Beerwah RSL from 6.30pm and entry will be by gold coin donation.