We are an innovative research, education and advisory centre that improves the welfare of wild animals using a Compassionate Conservation approach.
Though elephants are listed as a vulnerable species, many are still captured for zoos, circuses and safaris.
With their habitat shrinking and urban settlements growing, bears are increasingly coming into contact with humans, resulting in conflicts. Compassionate conservation offers new insights that can help both people and animals. See ‘Case studies’ for more information.
We advocate for scientific research that minimizes stress to during capture
New research from Idaho in the United States proves that a non-lethal approach to managing wolf populations can also help restore the environment and reduce livestock loss. See ‘Case studies’ for more information.
Maremma dogs are being used effectively in Victoria to guard a colony of little penguins. See ‘Case studies’ for more information. Photo by Middle Island Maremma Project.
Marine pollution such as discarded fishing equipment impacts the welfare of marine animals through entanglement and ingestion. The Centre works with its partners to research ways to reduce this threat to marine species.
Research is currently underway in rural Australia to better understand and resolve conflicts between humans and kangaroos.
This public lecture draws upon case studies to explore how we respond to inconvenient animal populations, the fallout for animals and people alike and considers how we can work toward more compassionate solutions for the future.