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Zoo News - Volume 40, March 2020

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Our work in conservation extends to partners in other countries. It helps us continue to protect endangered species and continue to fight extinction on a global scale. Meet some of our partners. FOR MORE INFORMATION on Zoos Victoria's international partnerships visit: zoo.org.au/ fighting-extinction/global-programs SAVE THE DATE 25 of April is world Save The Frogs Day. It's the largest day of amphibian appreciation, conservation and education. fyi Partners in conservation NORTHERN WHITE- CHEEKED GIBBONS VIETNAM Our partner Fauna and Flora International in Vietnam, protects the Northern White-cheeked Gibbon – currently listed as Critically Endangered. Their main threats are hunting and loss of forest habitat. The focus of the partnership is Pu Mat National Park, which is considered to be the stronghold for this species. Park-wide surveys are underway to obtain an accurate population size and determine the most effective actions to protect the gibbons. Visit the Northern White-cheeked Gibbons at Melbourne Zoo. MATSCHIE'S TREE- KANGAROO PAPUA NEW GUINEA The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) is one of only two holistic community-based wildlife conservation programs in Papua New Guinea. When villagers join the Conservation Coffee project they allocate land to the YUS Conservation Area, where tree-kangaroos are now recovering. Sale of the coffee beans raises income for the farmers' families, increasing their access to healthcare and education for their children. Visit the closely related Goodfellow's Tree-kangaroo at Healesville Sanctuary. MARQUESAS ISLANDS BIRDS FRENCH POLYNESIA Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie (SOP-Manu) (manu is Tahitian for bird) in French Polynesia is protecting birds and their habitats on these islands. When a program to protect the Fatu Hiva Monarch started in 2007, introduced Black Rats had driven a catastrophic decline and just 36 birds remained. Cats reduced the population further and only 18 birds were recorded in 2016. Concerted action by SOP-Manu has stabilised the population, with 27 birds observed in late 2018. Get involved Sip a coffee while you help save the planet. You can buy the YUS Conservation Coffee in our retail outlets. It goes to benefiting people and wildlife in Papua New Guinea. UGANDA SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO The goal of our Ugandan conservation partner, Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU), is to re-establish rhinos in the wild in Uganda. This has focused on the Southern White Rhino to date, with 25 born at RFU's Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary since the project commenced in 2006. The strong engagement with local communities was a major factor in the decision to partner with this organisation, as a long-term future for wildlife rests heavily with people. Mutually-beneficial agreements with surrounding cattle farmers, fishermen helping to clear bushes for more rhino grass and a school in the Sanctuary for rangers' children and from neighbouring families are integral to positive outcomes for rhinos. Visit the Southern White Rhinoceros at Werribee Open Range Zoo 1 2 1 2 CONSERVATION

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