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Zoo receives $1 million bequest
Zoos Victoria has welcomed one of our largest gifts in recent history with a $1 million bequest from the estate of Barbara and Peter Shearer.
The gift will help fund the Zoo's Tasmanian Devil breeding program based at Healesville Sanctuary.
“The Zoo receives over 70 per cent of its funding from ticket sales and donations like the Shearers.
"This is a generous gift that will help our zoos fight the extinction of the Tasmanian Devil. I would like to personally thank the Shearer family for supporting our zoos," Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith said.
Nephew of Mr and Mrs Shearer’s, Philip Sewell, said the bequest carried on his aunt's love of the Zoo and wildlife.
“Barbara always loved nature and animals so it means a lot to us that this money can go towards something she was really passionate about and such a great and noble cause."
With the Tasmanian Devil expected to become extinct in the wild due to Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease, the bequest makes a welcome and much needed contribution towards Zoos Victoria’s captive breeding program.
The $1 million dollar bequest is part of Zoos Victoria’s $85 million Safe Haven Appeal to upgrade aging infrastructure and carry out vital conservation work.