Calling all wildlife lovers

November 3, 2016

Brushtail possum

A brushtail possum (Photo: Kimberley Page)

Wildlife enthusiasts are invited to contribute to an education program which aims to keep our native species healthy.

Professor Andy Thompson and Associate Professor Alan Lymbery from Murdoch University are working with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) to develop the program, known as Healthy Wildlife, Healthy Lives.

The initiative recognises the links between the health of people, animals and the environment, and is part of the global ‘One Health’ movement.

Professor Thompson said the program aims to educate people on the positive ways they can interact with wildlife that are safe and healthy for the animals.

“The health and wellbeing benefits of engaging with natural environments is well known, but we need to ensure the community understands the best ways to receive these benefits, while protecting the health and wellbeing of our native animals,” he said.

Professor Lymbery added: “A number of everyday activities that could inadvertently be putting native fauna at risk from disease includes hand feeding bandicoots, scattering bread for birds and releasing non-native fish into waterways.

“One way community members can help native animal and bird species is by planting native food sources in their gardens.”

You can help Murdoch University and the EMRC by providing ideas on ways to distribute information about positive ways to interact with wildlife.

To be involved in this program you can:

For more information go to the Healthy Wildlife, Healthy Lives website.

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