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Conservation Breeding Programs

Moonlit Sanctuary is dedicated to helping save Australia’s endangered wildlife from extinction. Many of the animals kept at the Sanctuary are threatened with extinction. However, just keeping and breeding rare animals is not enough, they must interact with programs aimed at saving them in the wild.

The following is a list of species where we are directly involved in working to save from extinction today. Click on each species to find out why they are endangered and what Moonlit Sanctuary is doing to help. Moonlit Sanctuary also supports field programs where we see we can make a difference.

What do the conservation classifications mean?

The classifications were formulated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to give a better indication of the threats to species. It is used in the “Red List” and by most government authorities. The classification levels are:

Least Concern No current threats
Near-Threatened Not currently in danger, but potential threats exist
Vulnerable Species facing a high risk of extinction
Endangered Species facing a very high risk of extinction
Critically endangered Species facing an extremely high risk of extinction
Extinct in the wild No longer found in the wild, but captive populations exist
Extinct Gone forever

More information about these classifications can be found on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Don’t miss our Conservation in Action show in the show arena, where young animals, such as a dingo, spot-tailed quoll, barn owl, barking owl, cockatoo or tawny frogmouth can be seen going about their training where they are rewarded for their natural behaviour, such as climbing, or flying point to point.

We thank every visitor who comes through our doors and experiences Moonlit Sanctuary, especially those who connect with wildlife they have never seen or heard of before. It is our hope that each connection creates awareness of these rare and unusual animal’s plight, and that we can all help halt their extinction, so that our children’s children will also experience the joy of their company.

“We hope that there will be fireflies and glow-worms at night to guide you and butterflies in the hedges and forests to greet you.
We hope that your dawns will have an orchestra of bird song and that the sound of their wings…will dazzle you.
We hope that there will still be extraordinary varieties of creatures sharing the land of the planet with you to enchant you and enrich your lives as they have done for us.”

~ Extract written by Gerald Durrell to future generations, buried in a time capsule at Jersey Zoo.