Prince stocks up on chocs
TAKE a bow, Tiaro. Your chocolate turtles have met the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
Tiaro and District Landcare Group's Marilyn Connell is still gobsmacked that in the middle of her recent Winston Churchill Fellowship trip to study turtle conservation in five countries, the small town's famous chocolate turtles had reached Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan by royal command.
“I had arranged to meet Nicolas Heard at the Al Barba Restaurant in Dubai to chat about our project. Nicolas is the fund manager of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, established by His Highness.
“The fund supports conservation of all kinds of plants and animals throughout the globe.
“Tiaro Landcare was the first Australian group to receive a grant from this fund – a marvellous surprise of $US15,000.
“We're using the money to do nest protection in the Mary, including monitoring nesting, and we'll do a display in the Tiaro information centre.”
Tiaro Landcare president Ron Black added: “It is a huge honour for our Landcare group to have such international interest in our work.”
“It is a shame that we haven't been able to source Australian funds but have had to search for international funds to help conserve one of our local endangered species.”