"Growing up surrounded by some of Australia’s iconic animals I was always an animal lover. 


So naturally after experiencing what the team do at Australia Zoo and at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital I knew I had to be apart of their vision; That people, the wildlife and habitat survive and prosper without being detrimental to the existence of each other.


After all, we have a responsibility to help maintain & improve our planet.


Australia Zoo, The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital & the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors are a team of passionate individuals working as a team around the clock to protect wildlife & to deliver an animal experience like no other while educating visitors from all around the world on wildlife conservation.


The Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors program has conservation projects in action right across the globe - They run the Steve Irwin wildlife reserve, Tasmanian Devil conservation in Tasmania, Asian Elephant conservation in Cambodia, Sumatran tiger conservation in Sumatra, Orangutan conservation in Sumatra, Black Rhino conservation in Kenya, Cheetah conservation in South Africa & they also conduct whale research in the United States.


My desire to support the AZWW program came after having the chance to walk through the Zoo & not just experience encounters with the animals but finding out what Australia Zoo, The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital & the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors program is REALLY about. 


I was fortunate enough to have a tour of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where they rely purely on donations from the public & funding from the Zoo to operate & save hundreds of thousands of wild animals each year. This is where my heartstrings were pulled & I wanted to somehow do something to help this cause and being apart of change around the world that I want to see.


Australia is a country known for its incredible wildlife; Koalas, kangaroos, venomous reptiles, many of what I have been fortunate to have grown up around. When I visited the Zoo, we were made aware that certain species I spent my childhood surrounded by were beginning to become extinct, like Koalas! Our best chance at seeing that this does not happen is educating as many people what to do to help preserve our native animals.


My realization is that they (Australia Zoo, The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital & the AZWW program) don’t have enough support or recognition for what they do & how many animals they save every year, so I felt compelled to see what difference I could also make.

Ellie Gonsalves x


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