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The team at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park does not receive any government funding. Privately owned, the park's operations are funded from park operations and the owner's savings. Sponsors, donations and volunteers make it possible for the Walkabout Park team to continue their conservation and education work.
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is proud to partner with the Walkabout Wildlife Conservation Foundation. WWCF was set up in 2013 to support Walkabout Park's conservation efforts.
Did you know that Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is the only natural bush indigenous animal sanctuary in New South Wales that also has magnificent ancient Aboriginal sites and is open year round with knowledgable rangers to show you around? Not only is it a place where visitors can experience natural Australia with friendly wildlife, but the team also works actively to breed endangered species for reintroduction into the wild to rebuild at risk populations of animals.
Walkabout Park is the only successful bilby breeding program in New South Wales, working in collaboration with the South Australia Greater Bilby Recovery Team, a nationwide breeding program. The program has bred more than 130 bilbies. These bilbies are either kept for breeding, or are released into one of five South Australian release sites. This program is less well known than the Queensland program to cat-proof an area of bush. The South Australia program is highly effective although it is not publicised as all resources are focussed on breeding and release.
Walkabout Park's koala population is unique in that the joeys are sired by a rescued male, Livingstone. Livingstone was injured by a dog and sustained a significant knee injury which required surgery to fuse the knee joint. Now perfectly healthy, he cannot go back into the wild because he has a severe limp which would make it difficult for him to reach enough food to keep himself nourished, and would also put him at a disadvantage at mating time. However, his joeys are stront and healthy and are helping to restore koala numbers. His contribution to koala-kind is also significant because, cross breeding with zoo bred females, his wild genes contribute genetic diversity to his offspring.
Walkabout Park is a ZAA (previously ARAZPA) member taking part in the national program to create an insurance population of healthy Tasmanian Devil, free of the horrific Devil Facial Tumour Disease that is wiping out the wild population of Tasmanian devils. Walkabout Park has elected to play the role of retirement home for post breeder devils. Most zoos don't have space for non-breeding animals and want to focus on breeding cute joeys. However, the program is ahead of its quota to breed joeys and all participating zoos are struggling to house the devils which must be cared for in the long term as we build an insurance population suitable for release back into the wild when the time is right. Housing for non-breeding animals is therefore at a premium.
In addition to active participation in breeding programs, Walkabout Park also provides conservation education to visitors and intern students, and teaches visitors Aboriginal lessons from the bush, helping to keep this ancient culture alive and relevant.
You can make a difference. Play an active role in the important conservation work being undertaken at the sanctuary by making an online donation.
Or, you may wish to adopt an animal, sponsor one of our projects, or volunteer at Walkabout Park.
Thank you for your generosity.
All donation amounts are gratefully received. Even the smallest donation will make a difference. To give you an idea of the kinds of costs that your donation will help to cover, $10 will provide supplementary feed for the free-ranging kangaroos for a day, $30 will cover the petrol to go leaf cutting for the koalas for one week, $400 is the cost of veterinary care for an animal that needs surgery, and $1,500 will pay our electricity bill for one month.
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The Walkabout Wildlife Conservation Foundation was set up in 2013 to support Walkabout Park's conservation efforts. As at January 2014, the Foundation is still in the process of applying for tax deductible gift status, so your donation is NOT tax deductable at this time. In the meantime, Donations will go directly to Walkabout Park. If this matters to you, please contact us in case we have an update on when the WWCF's tax deductable status will be achieved. As at January 2014 we expect that this will be achieved before the end of the year.