PRIZE WINNER: Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast prize recipient for 2018 Zerra Egerton.
PRIZE WINNER: Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast prize recipient for 2018 Zerra Egerton. Contributed

$500 prize for conservation up for grabs

AN increasing number of people are becoming anxious about the state of the world, especially the obvious deterioration of the natural environment.

It's easy to find articles about species being shunted along the conservation-status scale to a more precipitous level of population.

A quick web search on "decline of species" will provide you with more than you can digest.

Headlines like "Freshwater species populations fall by 80percent between 1970 and 2012" are frequent.

But who cares enough to do anything about it?

Luckily, a few people on the Fraser Coast do.

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Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast Branch recently signed an agreement with the University of the Sunshine Coast to establish a university prize of $500 for three consecutive years.

The Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast prize will be awarded to a deserving first year student who includes the subject Endangered Animals and their Conservation in their degree at USC Fraser Coast.

The prize recipient for 2018, Sunshine Coast woman Zerra Egerton, had been travelling the world for most of her 20s before she took on some volunteer work for an ecological society in Vancouver.

While there, she said she joined the dots between her passion for wildlife conservation and a career in ecology.

After making that connection, she made haste for home to commence a Degree in Animal Ecology at USC Fraser Coast.

As Zerra was inspired by others to take action on wildlife conservation, you too can be inspired by her story.

You don't necessarily have to travel to Vancouver to start your personal wildlife conservation experience - you can start here on the Fraser Coast.



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