OUR SPONSORED ANIMALS
Monti The Orang-utan
Rehabilitation Centre: Orangutan Emergency Centre, Ketapang, West Kalimantan Arrival Date: November 2009 Approximate Date of Birth: September 2009 Sex: Female 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
Born: April 2013 Sex: Male
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
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
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 and The Wild Devil Recovery Program are 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, Milton and Elliot Koala
All of these koalas live at the Ballarat Wildlife Centre.
SPLATTERPUS THE PLATYPUS
Splatterpus spends his days at Taronga Zoo swimming around the enclosure and feasting on insects, freshwater shrimps, snails, mussels, water mites and worms. His best friend is Bill and they love to just hang around and chat by the big log.
MEERKATS AND CHIMPANZEES
AT TARONGA ZOO
Sergei and his family lead a happy and healthy
life at Taronga Zoo and regularly have lunch with
Charlie the Chimpanzee and his friends.
BETTONG, BILBY, WESTERN BARRED BANDICOOT and GREATER STICK NEST RAT WITH ARID RECOVERY
Arid Recovery is an independent, not-for-profit conservation initiative that has been restoring Australia’s arid lands since 1997.
GREATER STICK NEST RAT