Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has created and partaken in many programs in an attempt to conserve our native wildlife. With many of these species becoming endangered, it is important that efforts are made to not only conserve the animals but also conduct research. Here are a number of our conservation efforts for 2017:
- In collaboration with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hosts the captive component of the Northern Eastern Bristlebird Recovery Program. Being critically endangered, this captive program serves as an insurance population to increase Bristlebird numbers. Since 2015 our Bristlebird numbers have increased; we have added 9 birds to our program from successful breeding. This increase has enabled us to set up 6 breeding pairs and we hope that another successful breeding season in 2017 will reward us with further offspring and get us one step closer to reaching our goal of releasing birds back into the wild to bolster wild population numbers.
- In 2014/15, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary collaborated with Griffith University to help researchers better understand the movements of the Glossy Black-cockatoo. The Sanctuary is also proud to support the annual Glossy Black-cockatoo birding day by hosting information sessions and visits to see our birds in the feather. Our breeding pair of Glossy Black-cockatoo have successfully hatched 3 offspring since 2015 and have proven themselves as very dedicated parents. This success in breeding has helped us to better understand the life cycle and requirements for Glossy Black-cockatoo during nesting which can then be used to assist with wild population studies.
- The Coxen's Fig-parrot is one of Australia’s most endangered parrots. Over the last 20 years, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has worked closely with the Macleay’s Fig-parrot to establish breeding and husbandry protocols that will be used if the Coxen's Fig-parrot returns to captivity. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary continues to have good breeding success with the analogue species, Macleay's Fig-parrot and has recently collaborated with the Department of Environment and Heritage to study and record acoustics on wild Macleay's Fig-parrot in situ. This acoustic information will be used to help detect Coxen's Fig-parrot and locate remaining extant populations.
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was the first place in the world to breed a Taudactylus species in captivity. Important information collected from the Eungella Tinker Frog means we are ready to start recovering the critically endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog.
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary contributes to the Australian Zoo Association (ZAA) intuitive to help save the critically endangered Orange-bellied parrot. This captive program produces a healthy population of over 300 birds which are bred to be released back in their natural habitat. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary currently holds a male-only group of Orange-bellied Parrot in an effort to raise the awareness and plight of this species. We are currently the only zoo in Queensland to display these birds.
- The sanctuary has one of the largest Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby exhibits in the world. In 2011, we released some of our offspring back into the wild and we will continue to support the program by holding a breeding group of animals.
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hopes to contribute to a captive ‘insurance policy’ of Tasmanian Devils to help save them from extinction. In 2005, many organisations collaborated with zoo industry professionals to breed a ‘clean’ population in the future and DFTD free regions.