Papua New Guinea's Wildlife and People Need YOUR Help!
The future of Port Moresby Nature Park is in peril. It might not sound like a big deal - but it is. The closure of the Park would have a devastating blow on wildlife conservation and the wider PNG community.
Without the Nature Park:
· 550 unique native animals are at immediate risk with no place to go
· There would be no organisation left to rescue, save and rehabilitate wildlife from the horrors of the wildlife trade
· 24,000 school children each year would miss out on their only opportunity to attend a school excursion and learn about the importance of PNG's wildlife and the need to protect and conserve the rainforests of PNG
· Jobs would be lost. Many Park staff support their entire family and extended families as the sole income earner. Other small businesses, grass-root farmers and artisans would also be impacted through loss of trade
· Wildlife conservation and research efforts would stop, with no other facility capable of ex-situ research in PNG
· The Port Moresby community would suffer without a safe, open-spaced facility that they can visit and take their families too
We cannot survive without your support. YOU have the power to help us through COVID-19 and beyond.
Please help us make a difference to the lives of people and wildlife in PNG today.
How your donation can help:
· AU$22 (US$15) will feed and maintain an endangered long-beaked echidna for a week
· AU$32 (US$21) will feed and maintain an endangered tree kangaroo for a week
· AU$49 (US$32) will cover 1-week of rehabilitation of an injured eagle or owl
· AU$56 (US$37) will feed and maintain an endangered cassowary for a week
· AU$203 (US$133) will feed and maintain the Park's bird of paradise collection for one week (over 30 individuals)
· AU$398 (US$261) will feed and maintain the Park's unique reptile collection
· AU$691 (US$453) will save two young orphaned tree kangaroos requiring round the clock care
Why the Nature Park Needs Your Help
The Nature Park derives almost 70% of its income through visitation and local business support. With visitation drastically reduced and many local businesses unable to support, the Park is reaching out to the global community.
It costs Port Moresby Nature Park AUD$48,800 (US$32,000) per month to look after their native wildlife: from the purchasing of food, to paying Wildlife Carer wages, to electricity powering pumps, heating and cooling life-support systems, to water for cleaning, pond maintenance and wildlife drinking, and to security keeping the Park and animals safe. This excludes the costs of other vital services including community and schools education programs and activities.
Any donation, big or small can and will make a difference and help Port Moresby Nature Park to continue its important work for wildlife conservation in PNG.
About Port Moresby Nature Park
Port Moresby Nature Park is Papua New Guinea’s leading wildlife facility as is the only welfare accredited institute in all the South Pacific Islands (accredited by the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia).
The Nature Park manages arguably the largest and most diverse collection of PNG native species in the world with over 550 individual animals representing more than 55 species, with over 20% of the collection vulnerable or endangered species.
The Park’s vision is to inspire the guardianship of PNG’s unique biodiversity through leading the way in community and school student education, wildlife advocacy, research and conservation. Prior to the recent global pandemic, the Nature Park was PNG’s highest visited single recreational facility with over 140,000 visitors per year, including 24,000 school students on excursion.
The Nature Park operates in Papua New Guinea, a developing country located on the island of New Guinea above Australia, home of more than 7% of the world's biodiversity.
The Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia's Wildlife Conservation Fund is helping to raise funds towards saving and conserving PNG’s unique wildlife held by its accredited member Port Moresby Nature Park .
For more information visit: www.portmoresbynaturepark.org
- Darryl Aron
- Catherine Ash