OUR SPONSORED ANIMALS
Thank you to all of those who donated a gold coin on Green Day. As a result over $400 was raised, which has enabled us to sponsor/adopt the following endangered animals:
Monti The Orang-utan for 1 year
Rehabilitation Centre: Orangutan Emergency Centre, Ketapang, West Kalimantan
Arrival Date: November 2009
Approximate Date of Birth: September 2009
Physical Condition: Healthy
Monti is one of the younger members of the centre’s orang-utan family. She arrived at the centre at the end of November 2009. It had taken our rescue team several days to track her down after forestry officers had alerted us to her existence.
We were told that Monti was being kept by a family in a remote rural location. When we found them they claimed that the tiny orang-utan had been found alone in the jungle and they had taken her in: but in reality we know that an orang-utan baby is never left alone by its mother and someone must have killed Monti’s mother to get to her.
At first Monti was so young that she needed round-the-clock care like a human baby: she drank lots of milk and slept a great deal. Eventually though she was ready to leave the side of her guardian, and join in the games of the other young orang-utans. After weeks of watching her friends indulge in some real rough and tumble, finally Monti was big and strong enough to join in all the fun and games with the others.
She quickly developed into quite a fearless climber with a great sense of adventure. Monti is very sweet and inquisitive. She is also always eager to make friends with new volunteers when they are finding their feet at the centre. Monti is known for having the thickest and shiniest coat of the whole bunch. No wonder she’s always having her photo taken!
Funu The Bilby for 1 year
Born: April 2013
Care Centre: Charleville Complex, Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service office
Funu and his twin brother Jerry emerged from the pouch in April this year. Poor Funu had a fractured leg when he was brought in from the breeding pens, however it has healed very well and he is now doing great! You can visit Funu and his friends in Charleville (the Bilby capital of Australia) on a Charleville Bilby Experience.
Leadbeater’s Possum Program with Zoos Victoria for 1 year
Our Victorian state animal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum was thought to be extinct until found in the central highlands of Victoria. They continue to be threatened by the reduction through logging and wildfire of suitable hollow trees to build their bark nests. Zoos Victoria has begun an urgent recovery program as one of our priority native threatened species.
Tasmanian Devil Program with Zoos Victoria for 1 year
Tasmanian Devils were once widespread across Tasmania. Now on the endangered list, a shocking 85% of the wild populations are affected by a facial-tumor. Zoos Victoria is committed to saving this unique species and is part of a captive breeding program, which will hopefully return a healthy population to the wild.
Yogi and Elliot Koala
Yogi spends most of his day cuddled up at the top of his favourite tree in his favourite perch. Yogi is well known for his grunting announcement of dinner time every afternoon.
Elliott is a quiet koala who secretly likes to follow his keepers around to try and steal a cuddle. He is best friends with Milton, who he shares his enclosure with.
Both of these koalas live at the Ballarat Wildlife Centre.