December 7, 2016
For more than 50 years, SeaWorld has been one of the great pioneers in wildlife conservation, research, and conservation education. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund provides resources for a wide variety of conservation programs worldwide that align with four key areas: animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection and species research.Take a look at one of the Fund’s partner programs, the Minton Farm Rescue Center.
Australia has a ton of amazing animals that call the Outback home, including the largest populations of marsupials in the world.
However, Australia has suffered through severe drought, intense fires, and “invasive species” all of which pose a significant threat for the native wildlife. The spread of communities has also resulted in the destruction of many these wildlife’s habitats.
The animals that are affected by these forces range anywhere from farm animals to highly specialized species like kangaroos and koalas. This is where the Minton Farm Rescue Centre (MFRC) steps in. Located in Cherry Gardens in the Adelaide Hills of Australia, The MFRC is a non-profit, voluntary native animal rescue center that advocates for conservation and education concerning native animals.
What you need to know about the project:
Minton Farm’s history is inspired significantly by how the native animals of Australia were treated by the first settlers. Champion of Australia’s native animals and owner of the MFRC, Bev Langley believes that all of Australia’s native animals serve a unique purpose and society should help work towards their conservation.
What makes this center so important is that the Minton Rescue Centre focuses on providing quality care to injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife to give them a second chance at life. The aim of the center is to rescue, rehabilitate, and return animals to their homes as quickly as possible, if they are 100% fit; otherwise they are taken into permanent care.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund began supporting the Minton Farm Rescue Centre in 2006 and together have rescued more than 10,000 native species including mammals, birds, and reptiles, with more than 300 trained volunteers to assist. The combined efforts of the MFRC and the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund are crucial because it has helped secure supplies for orphaned animals, predator-proofing of rehabilitation enclosures and education programs for local children. For example this has allowed the center to update their facility, specifically when it comes to koalas and the specially designed care that they require.
How you can contribute:
Learn more about these species and their struggles by visiting your local zoo or by checking out the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Minton Farm Rescue Centre online!