La Trobe Partners with Taronga Conservation Society

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La Trobe Financial formed a two-year agreement with Taronga Conservation Society Australia (Taronga) to help endangered species.

Taronga Zoo, a historic and heritage-listed site, has been supporting wildlife for more than 100 years. More than 50,000 animals have been released back into the wild as a result of Taronga's breed and release and rehabilitation initiatives. Taronga also cares for nearly 4,000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened or endangered, as part of its conservation mission. Taronga also funds over 60 conservation programmes throughout the world.

Chris Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at La Trobe Financial, commented:

“we are pleased to partner with Taronga. The work Taronga undertakes behind the scenes is vital and increasing in importance. The catastrophic events of 2019 and 2020, including bushfires and floods, had a devastating effect on our community and our wildlife and remind us we all need to play our part to protect the environment. This partnership is a natural addition to our existing ESG programme”.

Through their partnership, La Trobe Financial and Taronga will protect the Regent Honeyeater, which is in danger of going extinct. Taronga has been a key part of the National Recovery Plan for more than 20 years, breeding and releasing more than 300 birds back into woodland ecosystems. However, more needs to be done to ensure the future of the species.

Cameron Kerr AO, Chief Executive Officer at Taronga, said:

"We believe firmly that we all have a role to play in securing a future for wildlife and people. Over the past few years, we have seen a rapid acceleration in the decline of our environment, with events such as the Black Summer bushfires having a devastating impact on animals and ecosystems and reminding us of the urgent need to take action.

“Good conservation happens in collaboration, which is why partnerships, whether that be with individuals and governments or with organisations like La Trobe Financial, are so important in setting a course for the future."

La Trobe Financial is certified as carbon neutral for its operations in Australia, and this partnership, which is being led by its ESG programme, will help La Trobe Financial meet its commitments to sustainability.

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Source: La Trobe Financial 

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