World Legacy Awards – Finalists Announced

We are delighted to announce that the Conservation Ecology Centre and Great Ocean Ecolodge have just been recognised as Finalists in the World Legacy Awards. The awards are a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin to showcase leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from airlines to ecolodges and from cities [...]

Orphaned koala Danny stars on the BBC

The first months of an animal’s life are crucial – if they lose their mothers, they’ll need help. Nature’s Miracle Orphans is a BBC documentary charting the journeys of a number of wild orphans getting a second chance. Occasionally the Conservation Ecology Centre has the privilege of caring for injured and orphaned wildlife, and one [...]

The Big Otway Tree Plant

The Big Otway Tree Plant was launched with a massive weekend of planting in mid-June. Over 100 amazing volunteers joined the CEC and together we managed to get 25,000 trees planted over the course of those two days. Our team came from our local community, from across Victoria and from around the world. The Big [...]

Otways Conservation Dogs on deployment – The AGE

Thanks to you the Otways Conservation Dogs have just completed their first deployment. Tim Young from The Age joined the team – here is his story:   Sniffer dogs search for endangered tiger quolls in Grampians National Park Read more and see the video at The Age.  Teams of highly trained sniffer dogs have been [...]

Super Ted needs your help to save endangered Tiger Quolls

Ted was a malnourished and abandoned Bullmastiff mix when Lizzie (CEC Founder) and her family found him at a local shelter.  His droopy-lipped smile and wrinkled brow was irresistible and as he folded himself into the armsof Tess – Lizzie’s four-year-old daughter – she knew that Ted was going to be part of her family. [...]

Understanding koalas, stress and habitat declines

Founded by the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation and supported by the University of Queensland, a very important scientific project is underway at the Conservation Ecology Centre.   As koala habitat continues to decline we are continuing to work towards a a better understanding of the situation in order to contribute to future management. Supervised by [...]

Just try to resist peanut butter, oats and golden syrup balls! Biodiversity Monitoring for Conservation

Thanks to support from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation this three year Biodiversity Monitoring project will allow the Conservation and Research Team at the Conservation Ecology Centre to survey the animals found in the declining manna gum habitat. During the first phase of the project, ecologists are surveying small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, but further research [...]

Rediscovery of Tiger Quolls in the Grampians after 141 years

After 141 years Tiger Quolls have been rediscovered in the Grampians – a story which reminds us that we should never lose hope for these wonderful animals. Congratulations to Parks Victoria and all the other environmental organisations and landholders in the Grampians region – this discovery is a wonderful reward for lots of hard work. [...]

Deep in tiger country, a rare predator prowls

The CEC’s Tiger Quoll Conservation Program featured in this weekend’s Saturday Age. The article written by Tim Young is reproduced below. We have included the accompanying video here (with thanks to Tim Young and The Age) or you can see his article and video at The Age online. Kilogram for kilogram it has the second-strongest [...]