In a few short weeks, I will be running-ish the NYC Half Marathon on behalf of Wildlife Australia – a US based NPO dedicated to protecting indigenous flora and fauna in Australia through the acquisition and management of large swaths of conservation lands. The fund’s latest initiative is to create 80,000 acres within their Pungalina-Seven Emu Reserve http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pungalina-Seven_Emu_Sanctuary as feral herbivore free zone.
To dumb this down a bit, this incredible reserve is being overrun by feral donkeys. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had our share of issues with feral donkeys….they’re not awesome…not awesome at all. The total cost to establish the feral herbivore-free area is estimated at $400,000 or $5 per hectare. Once complete, this area will become the only stretch of coastline on the Gulf of Carpentaria that is free of feral horses, cattle and donkeys. As such, it is a project of national significance protecting a mosaic of critical habitats and wildlife.
Later this year, I will be competing (I’m using this term VERY loosely) in the New York City marathon, also on behalf of Wildlife Australia. I am setting a lofty goal for the year: to help sponsor the latest conservation initiative for 5,000 acres of the reserve. That’s an area nearly 6 times the size of central park. So, while the NYC half is upcoming, this will be a year long initiative to support this fantastic organization. I encourage you to visit the Wildlife Australia website http://www.wildlifeaustralia.org and learn more about their mission and methods.
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