Help keep wildlife healthy for a healthier world

Australia’s unique native wildlife is being put at risk by unintentionally harmful human behaviour. Healthy wildlife is an integral part of overall health and wellbeing in communities. When you keep wildlife healthy, you help keep humans and domestic animals healthy. Simple actions like feeding wildlife inappropriate food in your backyard can be harmful.

One Health is a global initiative that recognises the health of humans, animals and the environment are all directly linked. One Health promotes the health and wellness of all species.

 

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Healthy Wildlife = Healthy Communities

Healthy Wildlife, Healthy Lives aims to educate the community about One Health, with a focus on human and domestic animal’s contact with wildlife in urban areas. There is an increasing interaction between humans, domestic animals and wildlife in urban areas due to habitat loss and urban encroachment on native bushland. Wildlife are now venturing into backyards looking for new places to live and food to eat.

Many humans enjoy contact with wildlife. Our interactions with wildlife can affect their health positively or negatively. Creating habitat can help wildlife. Wildlife can get diseases from humans and pets. There are simple changes that you can make, or things that you can do, to help protect native wildlife in your backyard.

Interacting positively with wildlife will benefit wildlife, domestic animals and humans.