World Animal Day – 4th October

Celebrated in different ways in every country, The Australian Reptile Park recognises the day in raising awareness of endangered species through the endorsement of conservation.

“Unfortunately many Australian native animals are on the brink of extinction and we at The Australian Reptile Park dedicate our efforts to their conservation, said General Manager, Tim Faulkner.

“Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognised in regard to their welfare.

“Tasmanian Devils are reducing in numbers due to Facial Tumor Disease and we’re breeding them in captivity at Devil Ark in an effort to help release healthy devils back into the wild.

“Habitat loss for koalas and cassowaries in Australia is occurring at a rapid rate and there is a need to provide them with greater protection within their natural habitat.

“Dingoes are being blasted, baited, tracked, shot and hunted in the wild because of their perceived damage to agriculture. However, killing dingoes removes them from the critical weight eco-system.  At The Australian Reptile Park we educate our guests on their important role in protecting animals in the critical weight eco-system.”

World Animal Day was established in 1931 by ecologists in Florence in Italy and has now spread around the world, and the date 4 October is no coincidence – it is the same day as the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Ways in which Australians can get involved on World Animal Day alongside The Australian Reptile Park include options to adopt an animal donate to Devil Ark helping save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction


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