How Does Perth Zoo Help Save the Bush Stone-curlew?
Perth Zoo partners with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to reintroduce Bush Stone-curlew in to urban Perth reserves. Bush Stone-curlew bred at Perth Zoo have been released into Whiteman Park in Western Australia and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) Yookamurra sanctuary in South Australia.
Bush Stone-curlew are still widespread throughout Australia but due to fragmentation of its preferred habitat and the vulnerability of this ground dwelling bird to introduced predators, the wild population is declining. Bush Stone-curlew prefer open woodland where they remain camouflaged during the day, coming out at night to forage on insects, small mammals and reptiles, fruit and seeds.
The release sites being trialled for the curlew are protected against predators such as foxes and cats. This provides an opportunity to re-establish population numbers while we learn more about this species’ habitat requirements and promote community awareness, particularly in agricultural areas.
With its continued breeding success, Perth Zoo is investigating more options for releasing bush stone-curlews into the wild.
What Does My Donation Go Towards?
One hundred percent of your tax deductible donation will help protect wildlife as Perth Zoo covers all donation administration costs. General donations to Perth Zoo help us in our goal towards saving wildlife, including through our Native Species Breeding Program.
Learn more about Bush Stone-curlew here.