How Can Motorists Help Wildlife?
Keep a basic kit for injured animals in your car – a towel, cardboard box and pillow cases is all you should need. Drive carefully at dawn and dusk when many animals are active.
The Wildlife Hospitals at Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos also care for around 1500 native animals each year. These animals are brought to the hospitals by members of the community after being found sick, injured or orphaned.
Both hospitals are responsible for maintaining the health of the Zoos’ animal collections, treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife brought to the hospitals, and participation in conservation, research and education programs.The Taronga Conservation Society Australia operates two wildlife hospitals - at Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.
Minimising the Risk of Shark Encounters
Known Dangerous Sharks.
There are over 510 species of shark worldwide and 182 of these sharks have been found in Australian waters (as of 2010), but only a handful are known to be dangerous to humans.
The Australian Shark Attack File (ASAF) is the most comprehensive database on shark attacks and has a long-term scientific documented database containing information on all known Australian encounters that meet the criteria for inclusion. Initiated in 1984, the ASAF currently has more than 970 individual investigations housed on the File, covering the period 1791 to the present (as of last update).
The general worldwide trend towards more intense utilisation of coastal marine waters for recriational activities has also increased the chances of shark-human interactions with a resulting increase in the number of reported shark encounters. As the population of Australia increases, many more people are entering coastal waters for recreational throughout the year.
Population increase since 1900:
1900 = 3.7 million
1950 = 8.3 million
1990= 17 million
2011 = 22.7 million
2014 = 23.5 million