World Animal Day 2017!

Posted by Adrienne Roser on 3 October 2017 | Comments

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The 4th of October 2017 is World Animal Day and we would like to acknowledge and celebrate a few of our certificated operators who contribute and support this year’s mission- ‘To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe’.

Many of our certified Zoo’s and Wildlife Sanctuary’s are raising awareness and educating the community about the importance of protecting animals, maintaining high animal welfare standards and are directly supporting animals welfare locally and across the world.

Taronga Zoo, an Advanced Ecotourism Certified operator, run wildlife hospitals which assist the rescue and rehabilitation of animals, including Sea Turtles, Powerful Owls, White Bellied Sea-Eagle, Buller’s Albatross and Penguins. They also run an ‘Anti-Poaching’ Campaign in Zambia, a project within South Luangwa National Park to reduce illegal snaring and shooting of animals for trade and bush meat trade. 

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Zoo’s South Australia (Adelaide Zoo and Montano Zoo) hold Advanced Ecotourism Certification, are support work at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre in the Congo, which aims to end illegal commercial bush-meat trade through community education and awareness programs.  

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Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is managed by Zoos Victoria, hold Ecotourism Certification and are working with Fighting Extinction Schools, where students investigate real life wildlife conservation issues and contribute to action that will help protect animals in the wild. They also run local and international conservation programs set up to fight wildlife extinction. 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a Nature Tourism Certified operator, has provided a safe refuge for sick, injured and orphaned koalas since 1927, whilst providing opportunities for guests to learn about protecting and caring for koalas and other Australian animals.

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World Animal Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of animal welfare and Ecotourism Australia is proud to be able to highlight the positives efforts made by our operators. For more information, please visit

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