Today is World Environment Day – the most renowned day for environmental action. This year’s theme is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential.
While there’s no denying that nature is sending us messages that we can’t ignore, there is, fortunately, still plenty of opportunity to find inspiration and to celebrate the positive changes we can make when we all pull together.
As a conservation charity with a mission to connect people with nature and to save animals from extinction our conservation work takes place both on our sites at Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park but also further afield.
We support 12 national conservation projects and 11 international projects helping to protect, to rehabilitate and to empower those who are on the ground to continue their great work.
One such project which we are proud to be a part of is Marna Banggara, formerly the Great Southern Ark, now renamed to honour the Narungga people, the traditional custodians of the southern Yorke peninsula. Meaning ‘healthy (or prosperous) Country’ Marna Banggara is the biggest restoring project in Australia.
Zoos SA plays a small part in what is a large partnership of multiple conservation groups – all sharing one vision: to return lost biodiversity to this region of South Australia. Where there was once despair (the area has already lost 27 native species) hope can now begin to shine.
This ambitious project will see locally extinct species including brush-tailed bettong, red-tailed phascogales and bandicoots returned to 170,000 hectares of the southern Yorke Peninsula over the next five years. We think this project perfectly sums up this year’s World Environment Day focus.
Want to find out more? Visit the WWF Australia to watch the video and enjoy seeing what can happen when we work together.
Happy World Environment Day!