In March 2020, in the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its Red List of Threatened Species – and the news didn’t make for great reading.
The updated list now covers over 120,000 species worldwide and, of them, 32,441 are threatened with extinction – that’s one in four of all assessed species across our planet. At Zoos South Australia, this is a truth we know all too well – 61 species that call Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park home are threatened with extinction. A donation of $30, $50 or a very generous $75 would help fund our many conservation projects here and around the globe.
As keepers begin to share the little giraffe calf’s story it also gives them the opportunity to talk about her cousins in the wild and their Silent Extinction. Did you know that giraffes are now classified as vulnerable by the IUCN with less than 100,000 estimated to remain in the wild?
Just like the little giraffe, other newborns have given us reason to celebrate while also emphasising the ever greater need of our work. Over the last year, we welcomed the arrival of six critically endangered African Painted Dog puppies, twin Spotted Hyena pups, one threatened Southern White Rhino calf, a vulnerable Quokka joey, endangered Golden Lion Tamarin triplets and critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrots as well as many more. With each birth comes hope for a brighter future.
We appreciate that you will no doubt have endured your own hardships during COVID-19 and that any donation you can make at this time is a bigger ask than ever. That’s why we promise that any money you donate (and please remember that it is tax deductible) will make a big difference to our conservation work.
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