Calling all wildlife lovers November 3, 2016 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: Volunteer to be a part of a discussion group – contact Louise Richardson, Director Stakeholder and Community Engagement, by email at Louise.Richardson@ppr.com.au or phone 0401 810 541 Complete a short online survey at http://www.emrc.org.au/healthywildlife.html Visit program volunteers in your local shopping centre. For more information go to the Healthy Wildlife, Healthy Lives website. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General Tags: alan lymbery, andy thompson, animal health, community education, eastern metropolitan regional centre, emrc, healthy wildlife healthy lives, native food sources, native species health, one health, wildlife health Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!