Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation
As the home to one of South East Queensland's largest native wildlife parks, over the last 15 years, Dreamworld has played an active role in the fostering and protection of the regions wildlife.
This intrinsic relationship with nature has taken an even further critical step. In 2012, the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF) was established, collaborating with existing wildlife conservation groups to bring substantial financial support to the conservation movement on a global scale.
An internationally recognised fund committed to the protection, education and conservation of the earth's most magnificent creatures and habitats, crucial to their survival.
There are a number of ways you can help the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation. Discover how you can help!
Internationally-acclaimed designer and television personality Jamie Durie has launched a conservation blitz with Dreamworld, calling for Australian families to look beyond their backyard and dig deep to help save endangered wildlife. Earning his green stripes, Jamie is the first official ambassador for DWF.
Global Tiger Day - 29th July 2016
What will you do for wild tigers this year?
Tigers are under the threat of extinction with approximately 3000 left in the wild. You can help by ‘wearing your stripes’ to show support for tiger conservation in the lead up to Global Tiger Day (Friday 29 July 2016).
Activities at Dreamworld:
Help support Tiger Conservation across the weekend by purchasing a Tiger cupcake or a balloon for the tiger cubs to pop each day with 100% of the proceeds going to the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation to support tigers in the wild. Also enjoy special tiger talk each day at 12pm at Tiger Cub Kindy.
How you can help save tigers in the wild?
- Wear any stripes in July to spread the word of the need for tiger conservation
- Tag 5 and donate 5: post a photo of yourself wearing stripes, tag 5 friends for their turn to do the same and donate as little as $5 to tiger conservation.
- Set up a fundraising page and encourage your friends, family or work to wear stripes
- Run a morning tea to help raise funds for tiger conservation
Where your money goes?
Adopt An Animal
Dreamworld’s tigers are ambassadors for their wild cousins. Dreamworld is your connection to ensure the majestic tiger will continue to survive in the wild. We have partnered with other wild tiger conservation organisations; 21st Century Tiger, Fauna and Flora International and The Phoenix Fund to fund anti-poaching efforts, uncover networks of illegal poaching and provide education programs for people co-existing with tigers in their natural habitat.
By adopting any of Dreamworld’s tigers you will help us direct essential support to bring wild tigers back from the brink of extinction.
The Cassowary is a living dinosaur. It is Australia’s heaviest flightless bird that is iconic to North Queensland. This bird is a key seed dispersant for the World Heritage rainforests of North Queensland, spreading the seeds of rainforest trees. A number of factors affect Cassowary survival. The major threats include the loss, fragmentation and modification of habitat, vehicle strikes, dog attacks, human interactions, pigs, disease and natural catastrophic events.
It is estimated that only 1,500 are left in Australia.
By adopting Dreamworld’s Cassowary you help protect habitat and a monitoring program (counting) in the wild.
The Red kangaroo is the world’s largest kangaroo. They live in family groups called Mobs. They live up to 15 years and males can grow as tall as a human. Red kangaroos are capable of conserving enough water and selecting enough fresh vegetation to survive in an arid environment.
By adopting Dreamworld’s Red kangaroo you will be assisting smaller marsupials who live in the arid regions of Australia.
This popular apex predator of Australia is a living dinosaur. This reptile was heavily shot to the brink of extinction and now 30 years later we are only seeing their numbers coming back to historic numbers. Dreamworld exhibits both Saltwater and Freshwater crocodiles at Dreamworld Corroboree.
By adopting Dreamworld’s Crocodile you will help in monitoring crocodile movement, education on the dangers of crocodiles in North Queensland and research into the effects on climate change (changes in temperature could result in increased population and movement further south).
The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.
The wild Tasmanian devil has been decimated by a disease called Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). Dreamworld is part of an Australasian Captive Breeding Program to hold an insurance population in case they go extinct in the wild.
By adopting Dreamworld’s Tasmanian devil you will assist in raising funds for research to address this terrible disease that is affecting our Tasmanian devils in the wild.
Dreamworld's Common wombats are ambassadors for their wild relatives raising much needed funds for research. There are less than 150 Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats left on the planet. Dreamworld's Common wombats have come to us as orphans from the wild in Tasmania. The name "wombat" comes from the now nearly extinct Dharug Language spoken by the Aboriginal Dharug People who originally inhabited the Sydney area.
By adopting Dreamworld’s common Wombats you will assist to raise funds for research projects including; Trowunna Wildlife Park's Wombat Breeding, Conservation and Research Program into genetic diversity of Common wombats in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.
The Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo is a new species introduced into the Dreamworld wildlife family. They are uniquely Queensland. It is unusual in the mammal world in that a perfectly adapted terrestrial species at some point in its evolutionary history ascended the tree. It is estimated less than 10,000 remain in the wild. Work is done in increasing awareness of Tree kangaroos and their threats (dogs and cars).
By adopting Dreamworld’s Tree kangaroo you will be helping us to support organisations such as the Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre (TRRACC) who rescue and rehabilitate orphaned, injured or displaced tree kangaroos back into the wild.
The Queensland bilby population is the most threatened and genetically distinct population in Australia. 'Prince George' the bilby has become the hero of the Save the Bilby Fund which has built a fenced area in the wild to protect bilbies from feral animals and dangerous predators enabling them to live and breed in safety. Dreamworld takes the lead in the captive breed for release program for this iconic species. With only 400-600 estimated bilbies remaining in the wild, this rare and endangered species needs your help.
By adopting Dreamworld's Bilby you will help to prevent bilbies from becoming extinct.
Dreamworld Corroboree is home to the second largest koala conservation colony in the world. We have a self-sustaining koala population that has a high genetic value.
The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF) works collaboratively on numerous education and awareness campaigns to help protect the last remaining habitat for this iconic Australian marsupial. DWF has funded the Koala Land project to explore ways of creating a sustainable future for koalas on the Koala Coast of South East Queensland. This project sets out achievable solutions for rebuilding wild koala populations.
By adopting a Dreamworld koala you are helping to save their cousins in the wild.
Help protect endangered species from becoming extinct ADOPT AN ANIMAL TODAY
Dreamworld's Tiger Island plays a leading role in tiger conservation world-wide through donations and hands-on involvement with conservation projects.
Dreamworld's tigers actively raise money every day to save their own species in the wild through supporting projects such as:
Save The Bilby
Dreamworld is a Gold Sponsor of the Save the Bilby Fund, who work to bring the bilby back from the brink of extinction.
Dreamworld is the only Queensland non-government institution for approval to breed bilbies for release back into their natural environment.
Dreamworld opened a Semi-Nocturnal Bilby House to increase awareness about bilby conservation and the plight of this unique animal.
Dreamworld donations assist important conservation initiatives of the Save the Bilby Fund including the construction of a feral-proof, bilby fence in Currawinya National Park in South-West Queensland, the area used to release bilbies back into the wild as part of the Recovery Plan for the species. Click here to learn more.
Dreamworld takes the bilby conservation message on the road through a mobile education unit, Wildlife for Kids, reaching over 10,000 students every year.
Save The Koala
Dreamworld's Corroboree is home to the second largest captive koala colony in the world.
Dreamworld is a Gold Sponsor of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF). Collaboratively we are involved in numerous education and awareness campaigns to protect the last remaining habitat for this unique Australian marsupial. Dreamworld supports habitat mapping that the AKF has produced as research into wild koala population declines.
Thanks to the AKF Foster Program, Dreamworld's koalas already help save their cousins in the wild and are therefore the only animal at Dreamworld that cannot be chosen in our Adopt an Animal Program.
The money generated from the AKF Foster Program is used for wild koala research and conservation programs.
Koala Land is a collaboration between the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation and relevant stakeholders who want to preserve koalas in the wild in South-East Queensland. This social site shares information and current knowledge about the koala so decisions can be made properly regarding the koala's future in the wild.
Wombat Husbandry and Research
Dreamworld is involved in the management of captive wombats in several capacities; by its own collection and in collaboration with other zoological and research institutions.
Our veterinary department is investigating urinary tract disease amongst Common wombats to better understand the reproductive husbandry of the animal.
Finally, we are collaborating with Tasmanian authorities and Trowunna Wildlife Park to radio track rehabilitated injured young wombats to determine the success of the rehabilitation work. This is a long term project.
Saving The Tasmanian Devil
Dreamworld has signed an agreement in collaboration with the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the Department of Primary Industries and Water, Tasmania (DPIW), to be part of the Tasmanian Devil Captive Insurance Program.
The Captive Insurance Program has been developed to co-ordinate the management of a population of Tasmanian devils in ZAA institutions on mainland Australia, for the purpose of providing "insurance" against further catastrophic declines in the wild due to the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD).
Dreamworld's donations help to fund the program.
Saving the Cassowary
Dreamworld is committed to helping save the Cassowary in the wild. With only approximately 1,500 left in Australia funds are needed to help protect habitat and run a monitoring program (counting) of wild Cassowary’s. Dreamworld is home to three Cassowary’s which form part of the collaborative Australasian Captive Breeding Program.
Saving the Tree Kangaroo
Dreamworld supports the Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre in advancing knowledge of tree kangaroo biology and ecology to improve their care when rescued. More work needs to be done in improving the conservation of this species including a monitoring program for wild tree kangaroo’s, resources to help with injured, orphaned and displaced tree kangaroo’s so they can be released back into the wild.