Terri Irwin today recognised the efforts of the next generation of Wildlife Warriors by honouring Australian singing sisters Jess and Lisa Origliasso, better known as The Veronicas, and young Chloe Tsangaris for their conservation efforts, naming them ‘Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warriors’ for 2010.
The awards were presented at Australia Zoo’s VIP Breakfast held this morning and attended by over 400 supporters and special guests of Australia Zoo. The annual event is an opportunity for Australia Zoo to thank family, friends, suppliers and sponsors for their continued support over the past year.
It is also an opportunity to celebrate the Zoo’s achievements of the previous year, and to recognise the achievements of very deserving award recipients in Jess, Lisa and Chloe.
A Wildlife Warrior recognised for raising awareness among young people is seven-year-old Chloe Tsangaris. Chloe is a passionate and dedicated Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Joey Ambassador, and was the highest individual fundraiser for Steve Irwin Day both in 2008 and in 2009, having raised close to $20,000 for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors’ conservation projects.
As well as writing and performing their hit songs as Australian duo The Veronicas, Jess and Lisa have a passion for wildlife, and are Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors ambassadors, bringing awareness for wildlife and conservation efforts to youth around the world.
Terri Irwin expressed her appreciation for the work that Jess and Lisa have done to bring awareness to the work that dedicated staff do at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors – Australian Wildlife Hospital, and also with raising awareness of Steve Irwin Day.
This year’s VIP Breakfast was also an opportunity to celebrate Australia Zoo’s 40th anniversary, with a special presentation on the Zoo’s history, and an exclusive look at historical memorabilia that has helped to shape the Zoo’s culture and success. Terri Irwin spoke of her excitement at the milestone, and encouraged everyone to join in the celebrations throughout the year.
And while the morning was an opportunity to walk down memory lane, it was also the opportunity for Terri Irwin to talk of grand plans going forward. These include an Australia Zoo in Las Vegas Nevada and a African themed resort as part of the expansion to the existing Beerwah site.
The ideas were part of the 10 year plan put in place prior to Steve Irwin's passing.
Project 'Vegas' will showcase Australian wildlife to the potenially 37 million visitors to Las Vegas each year as well as providing employment for up to 1000 people, hundreds of these being Australian.
The 300-350 room resort project will expand the existing workforce at Australia Zoo by another 1000 people, over and above the current 600 plus, mainly local workforce.
The proceeds of these ventures will continue to be fed back into wildlife conservation predominately in Australia and also selected projects abroad.
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