Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Melbourne Zoo's New Wild Seas Exhibit

On the 9th December Melbourne Zoo will open their new Wild Seas exhibit to the public. The seals and penguins are currently moving in and will be followed at a late time, by pelicans, rays, Port Jackson Sharks and a variety of fish species.

The Hump Day Crew were intrigued to find out about the exhibit.

Click here to listen to the interview with Melbourne Zoo's curator for the exhibit, Jan Steele.

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The Environmental Impact Of The Oil Spill of the WA Coast

Recently the news coverage has looked at the financial and human impact on the oil spill of the coast of WA. How about talking with our Conservation Director, Dr Gilly Llewellyn, Conservation Director of the WWF was one of very few people to personally go out there and see what was going on. The Hump Day Crew chat to her about the issue.

Click here to listen to the interview.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The True Food Guide 2010

Australia currently has limited labelling laws for genetically engineered (GE) foods. That's where the Truefood Guide comes in handy. The Guide rates food brands and products as Green (GE-free) and Red (may contain GE ingredients).

You can browse or search for brands on the right-hand side. The Guide is also available for download or you can order a convenient wallet-sized hard copy. It's simple to use:

Buy Green. Companies and supermarkets listed as green have implemented policies and procedures throughout their supply chain to actively avoid ingredients derived from GE crops.

Avoid Red. The companies and supermarkets listed in the red section of the guide may have products that contain ingredients derived form GE crops.

Click here to listen to Laura Kelly from Greenpeace discuss the excitement of the new release.

You can download the guide from

Also take time to quickly sign the on-line petition at

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

PETA's Top 5 on Living Cruelty Free

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2.0 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry.

Ashley Fruno of PETA Asia Pacific talks to the Hump Day Crew on five ways to live in a way that is cruelty free to animals. Her top five are:

1. Going vegan.
2. Buying only cruelty free products.
3. Not supporting zoos and other forms of entertainment using animals.
4. Not wearing wool, fur or leather.
5. Adopting an animal from a shelter and spaying or neutering companion animals.

Click here to listen the Ashley Fruno talking with the Hump Day Crew.
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Saving Frogs with Michelle Howard - Zoos Victoria

Frogs play a vital roll in any environments ecosystem. They are also extremely vulnerable to environmental change since they require a stable environment in both the water and the land. Zoos Victoria has several initiatives aiming to conserve the welfare of frogs in our state.

At both Werribee and Healesville they are holding frog spotting nights where you have the chance to grab a torch and learn to identify frogs from their calls. You can also do your bit at home by recording any frog sounds you hear and sending them to the zoo. By collecting these recordings, Zoos Victoria can identify exactly which species of frogs are inhabiting where.

Click here to listen to Michelle Howard discuss these campaigns as well as saving the Southern Corroboree Frog (pictured) which is facing extinction as a result of disease caused by infection with a pathogen known as the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus as well as habitat destruction.

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