WHAT CAN I DO?
This is the question we all get faced with when confronted with the insurmountable task of SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT. Luckily, you don’t have to save the world all on your own. But you can do a little. At Bonorong, we bring people together to ensure their little bit joins with other little bits, to make a big difference.
Whether you are a Tasmanian, or a visitor to our shores, here are some things most of you can do today!
Take it easy on the roads – drive below 80 km/hr at night
According to our friends at Roadkill Tasmania, 50% of roadkill happens where vehicles travel over 80 km/hr. The vast majority of animals are hit between dusk and dawn. So slow down at night. If you drive below 80 km/hr you will be HALF A LIKELY TO HIT AN ANIMAL. Plus it’s safer for you and yours.
Be a wildlife guardian
Tasmania’s island status makes our environment and wildlife unique and something to celebrate. But it also means we have a delicate balance to maintain, which can be easily upset. Invasive species such as foxes, cats, dogs, ferrets and some parrots pose the number one threat to our native species. You can educate yourself on which animals are not meant to be here by reading this brochure from the Tasmanian Government. If you see animals in Tasmania that you don’t think belong here, contact the Biodiversity Branch immediately on 03 62336556.
Be a responsible pet owner
This applies to people everywhere, not just Tasmania. Our dogs and cats are our best friends, but they are no friends to the environment. They spread disease, prey on native animals and can escape and become feral pests (see above). Desexing, microchipping and vaccinations are all easy steps towards responsible pet ownership. Hobart City Council has a great website which outlines the best approaches to having happy, harmonious pets and safe wildlife.
Become a wildlife rescuer
Do you know what to do when you come across an injured animal? Or when you hit one on the road? Bonorong run free courses for people who wish to learn the basics of wildlife first aid and rescue. These are important life skills that everybody can and should learn, we teach many of the skills to children during our school talks. Find out more about our wildlife rescue training here.