Australian Koala Foundation - Validating national estimates of koala abundance
This project will update and validate AKF's spot assessment technique (SAT) survey database and perform statistical analysis to determine significant relationships between wild koala activity and environmental/landscape variables. The ultimate goal of this project is a hierarchical model to assist in the prediction of koala presence or absence.
Koala Land Project - Koala research collaboration
The objective of this project/report is to explore ways of creating a sustainable future for koalas on the Koala Coast of South East Queensland. This project sets out achievable solutions for rebuilding wild koala populations based on the information gathered from conversations with people that have worked with koalas for decades; researchers, scientists, vets, carers, wildlife rescuers, zoo keepers, Government and NGO's. Existing koala habitats must be maintained and protected and that these remaining fragments must be reconnected to create bio-diverse environments where humans and koalas can co-exist. This is a shared responsibility for the whole community.
Save the Bilby Fund - Supporting field ecologist to survey after feral cat damage
This is a monitoring program of the bilby captive release program at Currawinya National Park. Specifically this will; survey estimating population density of bilbies, potential predators (cats,dogs) and competitors (rabbits and goats) on PPBio plots inside (30 plots) and outside (10) the Currawinya fence. In 2014, we will trial surveys for bilby food availability within and outside the enclosure to begin understanding the indirect effect of rabbits and goats on bilbies at Currawinya.
The outcome of this will be an annual report on the current status of Bilbies at Currawinya and scientific publications outlining the research outcomes for the greater scientific community.
Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre - Tree kangaroo conservation
This project will continue to advance our knowledge of tree kangaroo biology and ecology to improve their care when rescued, whilst in captivity and for breeding in captivity. Improve community understanding of the threats to tree kangaroos, their habitat and ways we can improve their conservation. Rescued and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned or displaced Australian tree kangaroos for release back into the wild or for education and conservation in zoos.
Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) partnership with the Southeast Asia Regional office of TRAFFIC - Combating Wildlife Crime Project
Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation is in partnership with Taronga Conservation Society, Perth Zoo and the Zoo and Aquarium Association Wildlife Conservation Fund to deliver a wildlife crime data analyst responsible for collating, managing, analysing and reporting on all wildlife trade related crime records in the region of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia team based out of Malaysia. The data will be analysed with particular focus given to mapping transnational and organised crime networks by a range of variables. The information will be used for long-term strategic combating of wildlife trade through enforcement agencies, e.g. Interpol, Customs, Domestic Police, CITES Management Authorities. This will result in an improved management of wildlife crime, identification and monitoring of prevalent trends, timely intelligence reporting on wildlife crime networks and raise awareness of extent and impacts of wildlife crime on the conservation of threatened species.
University of Queensland - Conserving and Restoring Koala Populations in Fragmented Landscapes (3 year project)
This project will develop an understanding of the genetic diversity and similarity of selected wild koala populations within SEQLD in order to determine how genetic exchange may be best delivered through the use of assisted breeding technology. This will improve existing and develop new reproductive technologies in the koala including oestrus synchronisation and artificial insemination with chilled or frozen thawed semen. Evaluate the logistics of an actual koala genetic exchange program between two geographically isolated wild koala population fragments. Finally, this project will deliver real on ground conservation outcomes for a struggling wild fragmented population of koalas.
Tiger Conservation Fund
Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF) supports wild tiger conservation projects through globally recognised 21st Century Tiger. DWF is 21st Century Tiger's largest donor to the Tiger Fund. The close association with the breeding program has been highly instrumental in obtaining permission to import a tiger for non-program breeding purposes at Dreamworld. This has resulted in new genetics into our captive breeding program whilst maintaining and adhering to international protocols and species management programs. This renewed tiger breeding plan at Dreamworld coupled with a redevelopment plan will ensure that DWF continues to deliver global conservation outcomes for tigers in the wilds of Indonesia (FFI) and Russia (Phoenix Fund).
Flora and Fauna International (FFI)
Kerinci Selbat, Indonesia, Sumatran Tiger Protection and Conservation. DWF supports Tiger Protection and Conservation Units who conduct routinely a total of 113 field patrols covering a walking distance of at least 1,720km and made no fewer than 108 tiger presence records using the tiger SMART Patrol Reporting method. Patrols detected and destroyed a record of 63 active tiger snares and a further 53 recently de-activated tiger snare placements. No fewer than 10 tigers were killed in or adjoining the national park by organised poaching syndicates in this area of Central Sumatra. A fourth very significant tiger law enforcing operation resulting in the arrest of a local dealer and broker of tiger and other species was successfully conducted in January 2014.
Amur Tiger Conservation in Russia. DWF supports rangers in mobile teams who conducted 160 patrols in the North, 130 patrols in the South, which covered 1,902km on foot and 4,615km by vehicle. In total, they spent 3,955 hours protecting national parks from poachers. During this past year a monitoring program between the two national parks has revealed 33 tigers were counted including 11 females, 9 males and 20 older cubs. This good reproductive result in tiger abundance, particularly sub-adults, is a heart warming outcome and could not be possible without well co ordinated anti-poaching rangers in this area of Russia.