CONSERVATION AGREEMENT SIGNED AT AUSTRALIA ZOO
News Source: Glasshouse Country News, page 2, Friday 15th April 2005
Last week a conservation agreement was signed at Australia Zoo. State member, Carolyn Male said the agreement boosts research into crocodiles and other animals and continues the successful partnership between QPWS and Australia Zoo for another two years.
“The announcements are part of the “Croc Wise” and “Dingo Safe” campaigns targeted towards encouraging responsible behaviour in crocodile and dingo territory.
“As part of the agreement, Mr Irwin has offered the QPWS and academic institutions the use of a specially designed, state-of-the-art 75ft research vessel for marine research,” she said. “This is the second agreement between the government and Steve Irwin – the first agreement involved the Crocs in Space project and the establishment of a koala hospital.” Steve said the partnership with EPA had enabled him to give back something to the species that had given so much to him.
“Crocodiles are one of Queensland’s greatest tourism assets and, as an apex species, absolutely vital to the conservation of our northern waterways and fisheries,” Steve said.