Thousands of animal lovers and thrill seekers have poured through the gates of Dreamworld to celebrate Global Tiger Day and help raise vital funds.
The Coomera theme park announced on Saturday, the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF) has raised more than $3 million since 2012, to help protect wild tigers under the threat of extinction and support other wildlife conservation initiatives.
“This money is used to provide support to wildlife conservation initiatives, particularly relating to the ecology and threatened and endangered species on a global scale,” Dreamworld’s General Manager of Life Sciences and DWF Director, Al Mucci said.
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“Of this amount, $2,183,094 has gone directly to wild tiger conservation,” Mr Mucci added.
The announcement was made during Global Tiger Day celebrations that included an acoustic performance by Dreamworld ambassador Guy Sebastian.
While international horticulturalist and landscape designer Jamie Durie (pictured), who designed the Tiger Island facility, hosted an exclusive talk session.
“Despite a significant upsurge in tiger poaching in 2016, wild tiger populations have stabilised to about 4,000, which shows that conservation efforts, including initiatives funded by the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation, are making a difference,” Mr Durie said.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community,” he added.
Dreamworld says the 11 tigers at its Tiger Island enclosure are ambassadors for their wild cousins, raising much-needed funds for conservation through guest interactions and donations.