Fur seals: habitat preferences and human interaction
An empirical assessment of avoidance of whale alarms by migrating humpback whales
Identifying marine hotspots and oceanographic features by monitoring the top predators of Montague Island
It is obvious that without appropriate nutrition, animals will not maintain a high standard of health, reproduction and well-being. A great deal of research has been undertaken to understand the nutritional requirements of wildlife species, and the health of these species in zoos indicates these diets are adequate.
Biodiversity is the engine of life. We rely heavily on plant and animal species to play specific roles within an ecosystem, which provides valuable services for all wildlife and people. The global value of these ecological services has been estimated at $33-54 trillion/year. But it is also estimated that we lose $2-5 trillion each year in ecological services due to environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
The five primary threatening processes are:
Three quarters of the Australian population lives within 50km of the coast and we take over 100,000 tonnes of seafood from the sea each year. The ocean is a great point of recreation, but much of our society’s waste also ends up there. This interdependent relationship is also difficult to manage as most of the impacts are unseen or seen only after a significant delay. Our staff engage in research to better understand marine biology, marine fauna needs and how the human and marine communities interact.
Taronga aims to make a significant positive impact on the conservation of all species, particularly those under threat of extinction, including but not limited to those in its collections. Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos’ diverse collections and research strengths, provides an opportunity to monitor changes in population and habitat viability and help provide information needed to guide management of habitats and wildlife.