Wild about fauna

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WILDLIFE lovers are be­ing asked to help se­cure the fu­ture of WA’s na­tive crit­ters.

Mur­doch University School of Vet­eri­nary and Life Sci­ences has part­nered with the East­ern Met­ro­pol­i­tan Regional Coun­cil to de­velop a Healthy Wildlife, Healthy Lives pro­gram to im­prove na­tive an­i­mal wellbeing.

Sup­ported by a $200,000 grant from Lot­tery­west, vol­un­teer groups Na­tive An­i­mal Res­cue, Kanyana and the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife, the pro­gram aims to find the best, low-cost way to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the way to in­ter­act with wildlife and the ben­e­fits of be­ing in the nat­u­ral world.

Res­i­dents of Bel­mont can play a part by vol­un­teer­ing or com­plet­ing an on­line sur­vey about their re­la­tion­ship with the birds and beasts in their back yard.

The pro­gram is part of the One Health Ini­tia­tive, a global strat­egy aim­ing to pro­tect and save wildlife through in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween dis­ci­plines re­spon­si­ble for re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and health care. For more visit www.emrc.org.au/health­wildlife.

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