Global warming, climate change and depletion of the world’s natural resources are critical environmental and public issues. Increasingly, we are seeing the impacts of climate change on our environment and the world's wildlife.
Zoos Victoria sees first-hand these effects on some of our local, native threatened species, of which we have priority, recovery programs for. Those most affected include: the Northern and Southern Corrobboree Frogs, the Baw Baw Frog, and the Mountain Pygmy Possum. The recent extinction of the Bramble Cay Melomys (Melomys rubicola) is the first mammal known to have been wiped out by human-induced climate change.
As a zoo-based conservation organisation, Zoos Victoria takes carbon management and reduction seriously. We commit to the TAKE2 pledge by understanding our carbon impacts, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and becoming a certified Carbon Neutral organisation.
Zoos Victoria’s three zoos – Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo, and Werribee Open Range Zoo – are the first zoos in the world to be certified carbon neutral. This certification was first obtained from financial year 2011/12 under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).
Zoos Victoria’s world-leading stance demonstrates its commitment to leading the way in best practice; a representation of what zoos around the world can do to reduce the environmental footprints of their own organisations.
Zoos Victoria’s carbon neutral certification milestone is also part of its commitment to inspire millions of visitors to live more sustainably, and protect wildlife and the environment for future generations.