News  » Gliders, Frogs & Koalas ‘InSitu’

Last updated 12:44 PM on 15 November 2013

 Rod Cheal from Taronga Zoo with Warney the White- lipped  tree frog.

The koalas, frogs and gliders Project In Situ was a collaborative project with Richmond Landcare, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, Taronga Zoo, Southern Cross University, Rous Water and Friends of the Koala. It was made possible with a Community Environment Grant under the Federal Government's Caring for Our Country program.


Students from 13 local schools came together to learn how to take action in helping to save locally threatened species such as Koalas, Giant Barred Frogs and Squirrel Gliders.  As a part of September's Threatened Species month, from 9th- 13thSeptember Taronga Zoo took its Zoo Mobile to participating schools across the region, as students went ‘InSitu' with local experts to raise awareness of the plight of threatened species. 


During on-ground workshops, students  got up-close and personal with some very special furry members of the Taronga Zoo's team, whilst learning how to assess habitat, look for evidence of species presence & test waterways.  Each workshop focused on a particular threatened species known to occur in the School's local area, such as Koalas, Giant Barred Frogs and Squirrel Gliders. 


Following the workshops, each school  developed an education project, motivating students to become part of the solution by creating awareness, improved habitat and behaviour change in their local communities.  Projects included community education via social media, information brochures, educational signs, short videos, nest boxes, tree planting and frog habitat improvement.  Students then presented their projects to the community at two venues, Lismore Show and Southern Cross University's 'Our Voice' Sustainability Conference for Young People by Young People, as well as video conferences with other participating schools.