Fighting extinction: inside and outside the Zoo walls
The Goodfellow's tree kangaroo is classified as endangered, with its numbers declining in the wild in Papua New Guinea. They are ambassador animals for Zoos Victoria's Tenkile Conservation Alliance program.
Melbourne Zoo’s transformation into a conservation organisation is demonstrated by its commitment to fighting extinction both inside and outside the zoo walls.
The Zoo aims to be the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisation through captive holding, breeding and management of native threatened species, as well as conservation programs based in six other countries. Melbourne Zoo also participates in international breeding programs and community conservation campaigns, as well as focusing education and research projects on conservation objectives.
The Zoo’s conservation campaigns raise awareness about wildlife issues and encourage people to take action to assist animals around the world. These campaigns range from donating mobile phones to reduce the need for coltan mining, to supporting mandatory labelling of palm oil.