Yesterday I went into Healesville Sanctuary to check out their inspiring work to help save the Helmeted Honeyeater.
These Honeyeaters are classed as critically endangered. Their threats are habitat destruction, competition with bell miners and feral animals
Healesville has been involved with the conservation of this species since 1989 and are focused on increasing the number of wild Helmeted Honeyeaters. Three years ago there were only around 85 birds left in the wild.
To help increase the chances of survival of the birds released by Healesville they started a stranger danger program to help the Honeyeater know that predators like goshawks were something to be scared of and to hide. The first step of this training is to show the Honeyeater a model of the goshawk and play alarm calls from other bird species. The second step to this training is to fly a real goshawk in the a aviary next to the Honeyeaters (there are no other birds in that aviary) and play alarm calls. Since this traing has started the survival rate of the birds released has gone from about 30% to 80%. There are now 191 Helmeted Honeyeaters in the wild and they will continue to help save these amazing birds.
You can help save Helmeted Honeyeaters by:
Check out the videos below by Zoos Victoria about saving the Helmeted Honeyeater.
I will soon make a page on my website about Helmeted Honeyeaters and Healesville Sanctuary. Thank you to all the staff at Healesville for taking time to show me their inspirational work.
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