|I took this while standing on the ferry dock at Taronga Zoo|
Before visiting the "Adopt-an-Animal page" on Taronga's website, I read about Taronga's breeding programs. I chose to adopt the Tasmanian Devil after reading that these guys and gals are "disappearing at an alarming rate" and knowing they are a unique animal native to Australia. After reading about the "Devil Facial Tumor Disease" that has infected approximately 60% of this animal's total population, I wanted to support Taronga's breeding program to combat the decline of this animal as it hit "endangered species" status.
I received this in an email conservation:
Thank you for supporting Taronga by adopting an animal through the Zoo Parent program. Funds raised by Zoo Parent help to support Taronga's work in conservation, education and research projects here in Australia and overseas. Most importantly, they help us to help provide the best possible care for all the animals here at Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos. Welcome to the Zoo Parent family.
Animal: Tasmanian Devils
Again, why haven't I done this before?
I urge you to research your local zoo (if you have one where you live). Or any animal rescue, animal hospital, wildlife care center. Take a look to see if they have something in place that is this easy to contribute to the health and care of our furry (or scaly or feathered) friends.
A "50 Before 50" activity:
Do you like zoos? Do you have a favorite to visit?