Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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Michelle Durkan
(From L-R) Lily McLaren, Alycia Cogdell, Kerry Staker, Jewel Nugent Marbus, Jemelia Jenner

On Friday 11th September, the Taronga Zoomobile headed down to Trunkey Public School located in Trunkey Creek, a small town about an hour from Bathurst. Along with representatives from Local Land Services, National Parks and Wildlife Services and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), we presented workshops on threatened species.

The day, organised through the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, was aimed at teaching school kids about local plants, animals and insects and inspiring the kids to become custodians for their local bushland. We also spoke about Glideways, an exciting new program which is aimed at conserving gliders and their habitat within the Abercrombie Catchment.

Approximately 100 people participated with children from Trunkey Public, Mandurama Public, Carcoar Public, Rockley Public, Wyangala Public, Lyndhurst Public and Blayney Public schools, along with many local community members. 

The day kicked off with a welcome from the Great Eastern Ranges Team and then everyone split into three groups. Taronga Zoo presented threatened species workshops while National Parks Discovery Rangers took the groups through the local bushland. OEH and Local Land Services also educated the groups on threatened species and pest control actions.

At the end of the day, everyone was inspired and motivated to put all that they had learned into practise. A nest-box was placed in the school yard of Trunkey Public School and the local children will be keeping an eye on it to see if any of their furred neighbours decide to move in!

Over the next few years, native trees will be planted, more nest boxes will be secured and more community awareness programs will be run through the Kanangra Boyd – Wyangala region to protect not only threatened species, but all of our native wildlife that call these reserves their home.

Project Habitat is run through Taronga Zoo with generous support from Boeing Australia. For more information on Project Habitat and how to get involved, please visit the following link: https://taronga.org.au/education/project-habitat or email projecthabitat@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Check out more pictures from the day via the gallery link below.

- Michelle Durkan, Corporate Partnerships Officer and Project Habitat Coordinator

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