Kinder Natoons Sponsorship to save endangered native wildlife

The Society has accepted a significant sponsorship from Ferrero Australia, in partnership with the launch of the new Kinder Surprise Natoons campaign, to help save endangered wildlife across Australia and New Zealand. Kinder Surprise Natoons features a new native Australasian animal toy range, plus a commitment to helping save native Australian and Kiwi animals, and to provide parents with the tools to educate their children about the importance of native wildlife. The Society has selected a number of wildlife conservation programs in each state of Australia and one in New Zealand for consideration of receiving conservation funding under this new program

Wildlife conservation projects that we are supporting

The Kinder project supports a range of wildlife programs helping protect Australia’s native wildlife. 

NSW

Friends of the Koala based in Lismore. The Australian Wildlife Society admires their dedication and hard work saving and rehabilitating critically endangered injured koalas on the north coast of New South Wales.

Friends of the Koala have an amazing network of rehabilitators working around the clock to rescue and care for sick, injured and orphaned koalas located in the Northern Rivers of NSW. The rescued koalas live in a koala care centre in Lismore, NSW until they are strong enough to get back out in the wild.

FUN FACT: Are you a big sleeper? Maybe you’re part koala. These furry friends spend most of their time snoozing in the treetops (when they’re not snacking on gum leaves, that is). Koalas can sleep for up to 18 hours a day!

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

South Australia

Wombats SA who look after the Moorunde Nature Reserve just north of Adelaide.

Wombats SA has a small but enthusiastic team working tirelessly to preserve Australia's native flora and fauna - especially the southern hairy-nosed wombats. Environmental and man-made stresses that effect wombats and their homes are monitored, and the team does their best to ease them. With the help of funds from the project, they are also able to teach school children that wombats are part of our natural world and should be respected and treasured.

FUN FACT: Wombats tend to be slow and a little bit stocky, but they can run pretty fast when they need to! A wombat can reach a top speed of over 35 km an hour! That’s almost as fast as Usain Bolt’s top recorded speed.

  

Southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)

Victoria

Regional Schools Platypus Education Program located in regional Victoria.

Senior Wildlife Ecologist and Platypus expert, Josh Griffiths, from platypusSPOT, aims to educate, engage and excite children, and the community, about the endangered platypus that live in the local creeks.

Josh will talk to students at local Victorian schools about a range of topics, including:
1) What makes the platypus so interesting and unique
2) What threats do the platypus face and why
3) What can well all do to help ensure our platypus continues to survive and flourish

Project 2 - yet to be finalised

FUN FACT: Platypus lay eggs, have very small stomachs and adults have no teeth. The adults grind their food with hard tooth-like structures (made from keratin) that replace the teeth. 

Josh Griffiths with the Australian Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Photo: Doug Gimesy.

Josh Griffiths with Neerim South Primary School students. Josh is teaching the students about the importance of Platypus Conservation. Platypuses are common in the local river and dams near the school. The local waterways are traditionally known to be a hot spot for platypus drowning in opera house nets, hence the importance of Josh's lessons. 

Northern Territory

Wild Desserts project in Sturt National Park.

The project aims to bring back seven extinct mammals to the NSW corner country, using large fenced exclosures and a range of innovative predator control and research techniques in Sturt National Park.

Bilbies were common throughout the arid and semi-arid regions of the Australian mainland, prior to European settlement. The bilby is now listed as a vulnerable species and is only found in isolated populations in pocket arid regions throughout Australia. Bilby populations are found within the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory (NT); in the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts; parts of the Pilbara and Kimberley (near Broome) regions of Western Australia; and the clayey and stony soils of the Mitchell grasslands of southwest Queensland.

The funds allocated will specifically assist in the recovery of the bilby.

FUN FACT: Did you know the Bilby’s Greek name is ‘Macrotis Lagotis’ - which means ‘big-eared’ in Greek? How rude! We think their big ears make the Bilby one of Australia’s cutest bush babies.

Bilby (Macrotis Lagotis)

Note: we were unable to secure a NT-based project and therefore the funds have been allocated directly to Bilby conservation. 

Western Australia

Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre located in Martin. 

Kaarakin is a not-for-profit, independent conservation organisation working to conserve black cockatoos through rehabilitation, revegetation, education, and research.

They rescue wild black cockatoos in distress, most having been shot, struck by vehicles, fallen from their nest, or attacked by bees, cats or other birds, or suffering the effects of poisons.  The birds are taken to Perth Zoo for triage and initial treatment by specialist veterinary staff. After their treatment, many birds will make a full recovery and can be released back into the wild. 

Kaarakin also runs education programs. The Kaarakin education program aims to raise awareness of, and build connections
with, black cockatoos and the habitat they require. 

FUN FACT: These big beautiful birds have long been believed to be a sign that rain is on the way in indigenous myths and bush lore. So, if you see a Black Cockatoo make sure you take your brolly!

Candice (Education Officer) doing a student education session on-site at Kaarakin.  She is upstaged by Chasey, one of Kaarakin's lovely Carnaby’s.

Carnaby's black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

Queensland

Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group located on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.

The Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group are contributing to save the endangered Lumholtz's and Bennett's Tree-kangaroos and rehabilitate, orphaned, injured or displaced tree kangaroos for release back into the wild. They educate the public and increase awareness of Australian tree kangaroo conservation and the threats that bring them into care, such as dogs and cars. Their vision is to assist in the prevention of the extinction of tree‑kangaroos.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary  has been successfully breeding the Lumholtz's tree kangaroo to assist the endangered species.

FUN FACT: You might be wondering what makes a tree kangaroo a kangaroo at all! It spends it’s time high above the ground after all, it’s all in their jump. The tree kangaroo can jump up to 9 meters between trees! It can even jump down from a tree of 18 meters and land safe and sound on the forest floor.

Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi)

Tasmania

Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary located at Mole Creek.  

The primary goal for Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary is wildlife conservation, education and rehabilitation. Trowunna is committed primarily to the in-situ conservation of the Tasmanian devil and aims to educate the community of the plight of the Tasmanian devil through a range of programs.

FUN FACT: Do you think you’re a big eater? Well, the Tasmanian devil can eat up to 40% of its body weight everyday! No wonder there was a ravenous cartoon character named after it.

Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

New Zealand

We are funding conservation programs through Massey University (Palmerston North and Albany), NZ Dept of Conservation, and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

Their mission is to research and conserve the iconic New Zealand Kiwi. The kiwi is an iconic bird, usually nocturnal. Adults live for decades, but chicks are very vulnerable to predators.

FUN FACT: The Kiwi may be shy and much smaller than its cousins the Emu and Ostrich, but it is thought to be the world’s most ancient bird - evolving over 30 million years ago! 

Kiwi (Apteryx)

Who is Ferrero Australia?

Michele Ferrero, the son of a chocolatier, had a dream. He wanted to pioneer chocolate especially for children and for those who are children at heart, regardless of age. And so he created a delicious treat with family values at its core: Kinder Chocolate. Kinder NATOONS is sponsoring the Australian Wildlife Society, enabling us to support a number of wildlife conservation programs in each state of Australia, and one in New Zealand. Kinder is also supporting us in our mission to raise awareness of Australia’s and New Zealand’s endangered wildlife species. We acknowledge the generous support of Ferrero Australia in their Natoons program to help us raise awareness of all our endangered wildlife species through this new wildlife conservation program.

"We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Ferrero Australia. The sponsorship helps us raise awareness of native endangered wildlife species. The groups selected by the Australian Wildlife Society will see much needed funding of a number of critical conservation programs” Patrick Medway, Chief Executive Officer Australian Wildlife Society.