The North Queensland Wildlife Trust Story
The North Queensland Wildlife Trust, was established in 2004 by the Freeman Family who own and operate Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Tropical Zoo and Kuranda Koala Gardens to find a mechanism for their visitors to make an active contribution to conservation through aiding in the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife and the restoration of significant wildlife habitats within the local area.
Periodically, as funds accumulate the Trust calls for submissions to fund specific ‘hands on’ projects. Outcomes are monitored and follow up inquiries are undertaken to ensure the monies are allocated to the projects and the objective fulfilled.
Funds have been provided to Rainforest Rescue for restoration of critical Cassowary habitat in the Mission Beach area following the devastation of Cyclone
Yasi, The Mareeba Wetlands (now the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical North Queensland) to assist with the breeding, reintroduction to the wild and monitoring of the endangered Gouldian Finch, funds to assist The Frog Hospital with educational literature and to assist with the conservation work of The Koala Foundation.
Quiet achievers in the not-for-profit wildlife and conservation fields in Tropical North Queensland had their efforts rewarded with private sector donations from the North Queensland Wildlife Trust. The largest donation of $10,000.00 was allocated for a major rainforest restoration project in the form of a family tree planting day, which took place in February 2008 in the Daintree Rainforest on a conservation site managed by Rainforest Rescue. The funds include the rearing, planting and ongoing care of 1,000 trees raised by a local conservation group from seeds hand collected in the area.
Visitors to the Freeman Family’s attractions have the opportunity to make voluntary donations to the Trust and the donations received, are matched dollar for dollar by the Freeman Family from the profits of their businesses.
Other beneficiaries include $5,000 for Landcare for the Petersen Creek Restoration group to continue the valuable habitat restoration work at Petersen Creek in Yungaburra which is a well known habitat for platypus as well as the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.
The often misunderstood bat population of our region will soon have the opportunity to show itself off in a more favourable light with $5,000 going towards a new interpretive centre for the Tolga Bat Hospital. The volunteers at The Bat Hospital work tirelessly with limited resources to provide specialised care for injured bats brought to them from across the north. And, PhD Student and well known wildlife carer and veterinarian, Annabel Olsen will also be assisted in her leading edge crocodilian research via a grant of $5,000 from the Trust to the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical North Queensland.
Click here to download a North Queensland Wildlife Trust funding information