Zoos SA were awarded the In-Situ Conservation award, for returning Warru (a small rock-wallalby), back to the APY Lands, at the recent Australasian Zoo and Aquarium Association Conference.
Zoos SA chief executive Elaine Bensted said the awards were recognition of the zoos’ important contribution to returning species to the wild and dedication to providing innovative experiences at our zoos.
“It’s a huge honour to have Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo recognised at this level,” she said.
“This is a great acknowledgment to our commitment to conservation action and working with the community to save local species from extinction. “One of the last colonies became extinct in 2006, and with less than 200 animals remaining in the APY lands, an emergency captive program was initiated at Monarto Zoo, in conjunction with the establishment of a recovery team.
“...In 2017 Warru were reintroduced to the site of their most recent extinction, marking an exciting conservation milestone.”