A night at Bundy Bowl and Leisure has helped raise much-needed funds to aid the rescue, rehabilitation and releasing of Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroos.
Bundaberg Regional Council’s Zoo Group Supervisor, David Flack, said Alexandra Park Zoo has been involved with conservation fundraising for the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping since 2018, when an event was held for the endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog.
The Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre was chosen as the recipients for this year’s event.
“Over the past six years, there has been an increase in tree-roos requiring care,” David said.
“The Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos are one of two of that species endemic to Australia and are classified as near threatened.
“They are faced with threats such as habitat destruction, domestic and wild dog attacks, car strikes and blindness.”
“It was a great night and we appreciate the support,” said David.
“The $400 raised will be put towards costs for the release of successfully rescued and hand-raised tree-kangaroos into areas that will improve connectivity of populations and also encourage genetic exchange.
“Funds will also help to implement the control of wild dogs in key areas and in educating the public about control of domestic dogs.”