Taronga has been recognised for its efforts to end wildlife extinction, receiving the prestigious San Diego Zoo Conservation Medal at a ceremony yesterday.
Taronga and Zoos Victoria were honoured in the category of Conservation Partner for their collaborative efforts in wildlife conservation research and public education.
The medal was awarded to Taronga for its work to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction and its breed-and-release programs for critically endangered species, such as the Regent Honeyeater and Corroboree Frog.
It also recognised the more than 76 joint research and conservation projects underway at Taronga and the Zoo’s role in developing a smartphone app to combat wildlife trafficking. Taronga is partnering with San Diego Zoo Global to bring the Wildlife Witness app to the United States.
CEO, Cameron Kerr accepted the award on behalf of Taronga, highlighting its indigenous education programs and other premier environmental education programs for guests.
“We are at a significant juncture in the history of the Taronga. We are developing our capacity to deliver vitally important community education programs, as well as continuing our commitment to wildlife conservation,” said Cameron.
Since 1966, the Conservation Medal awards program has recognised world leaders and organisations who share San Diego Zoo Global’s vision to end extinction.
Past winners have included conservation luminaries such as Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough.