Saltwater crocodile @ Port Macquarie Zoo, NSW 2444 – photo:Nathan Edwards

You may have heard over the years Mark Stone, owner of Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie, talk about Conservation through Education as being one of the key roles of a modern zoo. On Sunday 25th June 2017 it’s CROC DAY at the Zoo as we turn our attention to Crocodiles as part of our regular events where we focus on Threatened Species. The plight of the Estuarine Saltwater Crocodile has been tough in recent times with the species facing extinction in Queensland in the 1980’s. Throughout the 80’s the species was listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as ENDANGERED and in the 1990’s as VULNERABLE. Today Saltwater Crocodiles are listed globally as LEAST CONCERN. Whilst it is gratifying to see a species recovering in numbers in the wild it is no cause for complacency. Saltwater Crocodiles in this country are still listed as VULNERABLE in Queensland and as SPECIALLY PROTECTED in WA . See EPBC listing

That’s why we add our support and our voice to hands-on conservation organisations like the Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) who tirelessly bring awareness of the dangers facing crocodiles in the wild throughout the world. Through positive action and public awareness programmes they are able to help save and regenerate endangered crocodile populations.

“The IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) is a worldwide network of biologists, wildlife managers, government officials, independent researchers, non-government (NGO) representatives, farmers, traders, tanners, fashion leaders, and private companies actively involved in the conservation of the world’s 23 living species of alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials in the wild.”

See the CSG website for more information.