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When Balloons Fly, Seabirds Die - Melbourne Zoo

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published April 1st 2017
Act for wildlife
Melbourne Zoo, as one of the three of Zoos Victoria, is always a great place to visit. Baby and grown elephants, cheeky orangutans, majestic gorillas, inquisitive meerkats and sleek seals are just some of the animals you will see at Melbourne Zoo.

Melbourne Zoo animals Act for wildlife
Mobile phones for gorillas?


There is however, much more to Melbourne Zoo than merely showing animals to visitors. Melbourne Zoo and Zoos Victoria have a very strong conservation program called LINK=https://www.zoo.org.au/get-involved/act-for-wildlife] Act for Wildlife[/LINK]. This program, with the proceeds from visitor fees as well as grants, is able to work towards making sure animals do not become endangered or even extinct. Some of these programs are Seal the Loop, They are Calling on you and Wipe for Wildlife.

One of the newest campaigns in this quest to protect wildlife is a program to save marine wildlife from extinction. In conjunction with Phillip Island Nature Parks, this campaign is all about When balloons fly, seabirds die. According to the CSIRO (2016) balloons are in the top text three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife. Every day balloons are released or accidentally escape from outdoor events where they almost definitely end up in waterways and the ocean where they can be mistaken by wildlife for food. ww.zoos.org.au.

Melbourne Zoo animals Act for wildlife
When balloons fly, seabirds die


But here is how you can help! When you next organise or go to an outdoor event such as a wedding or a party, instead of releasing balloons have fun blowing bubbles. You can use balloons indoors and dispose of them but outdoors make sure you use more environment friendly decorations. If you want to find out more about this initiative please see here.

So far 2210 people have promised to blow bubbles instead of balloons. If you are at Melbourne Zoo during the school holidays you can add your own named bubble to this number and be part of this important program to save marine wildlife.

Melbourne Zoo animals bubbles not balloons
Add your own bubble


So why not visit during the school holidays and learn about some of these programs? You will be helping to make sure the animals see will not become extinct.
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Why? To see lots of animals and learn about wildlife
When: 9am - 5pm every day of the year
Phone: 1300 966 784
Where: Elliott Avenue Parkville 3052
Cost: Adult $32.50, children are free on weekends and during school holidays other times $16.30
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