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Taronga Zoo helps educate students on protection of endangered species

Taronga Zoo helps educate students on protection of endangered species
June 2, 2019

Over 60 NSW students from Jerilderie Public School, Blighty Public School and Finley High School have been learning about the critically endangered Plains-Wanderer populations in the Riverina region of NSW through the Project Plains-wanderer at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Project Plains-wanderer is a community conservation education project aimed at raising awareness about thsee critically endangered Plains-Wanderer populations. The project is a Taronga Western Plains Zoo initiative in partnership with the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage.

“This project is a fantastic opportunity for students to make a genuine contribution to the conservation of a species that is critically endangered and living in their local area,” said Education Officer, Stephanie Maguire.

Students rotated through three different workshops where they learnt about what Taronga Western Plains Zoo is doing to conserve the species, the threats facing the Plains-wanderer in the wild and the role of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Molly the detection dog in protecting Plains-wanderer populations in the Riverina.  

“Students also learnt about community education campaigns the Zoo is involved in and the best way to create a message to encourage behaviour change in their local communities,” said Maguire. 

“The students were really engaged throughout the workshops, asking lots of questions of our experts. They were all very excited to meet Keeper Denyell Woodhouse and see the aviaries on site in the Zoo’s sanctuary as well as meet David Parker, OEH Threatened Species Officer and Molly the Conservation Detection Dog and learn about what they are doing in the field to protect Plains-wanderers.”

The students are now back at school working on their community education project before undertaking a habitat day in the region. 

“The program will culminate with an expo where the students will be able to display their projects and demonstrate what they have learnt through the course of the year,” said Maguire.  

Images top: Students viewing Plains wanderers via CCTV
Image above of the Plains wanderer

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