Category: South Pacific

BlazeAid Newsletter – More than Mending a Fence

BlazeAid is a volunteer based organization that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, ther volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed. Grand Circle Foundation with your help, donated in 2020 and 2021 to… Read more »

Update from Australia’s Zoos Victoria – Fighting extinction

In 1989 the total population of Eastern Barred Bandicoots was fewer than 150 and in 2013, the species was declared as Extinct in the Wild on mainland Australia. Today, we are thrilled to share that the conservation status of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot has been reclassified as Endangered, and the 1,500 strong population is facing… Read more »

Redesigning a water project to respect cultural beliefs

Since its completion in 2016, the water reservoir at Tigawasa Village has been giving positive impacts to the life of over 900 villagers and more than 200 students of Tigawasa school. Prior to the construction of the reservoir, the villagers had to queue up for two to three hours, sometimes since as early as 3:00… Read more »

Days of Healing in Australia

The Australian bushfire crisis placed unprecedented demands on populations in areas of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Communities on the front lines of affected areas had to contend with loss of life and property, repeated evacuations from their homes for several days at a time on multiple occasions, disruptions to essential… Read more »

A special visit for the bushfire-affected koalas

Late last year you may remember Zoos Victoria announced that 14 bushfire-affected koalas were released back to their homes in East Gippsland. Here’s an update on how they are doing. After multiple surgeries for severe burns and treatment at Healesville Sanctuary, followed by rehabilitation at Phillip Island Nature Parks, vets have now completed the first… Read more »

Ten months on, a bushfire update – Zoos Victoria

It has been a momentous year. This time has forced us to pause, be at home, and think about our future. We watched as our zoos, once humming with activity, also paused and quietened. We learnt just how much we yearn for nature when we’re unable to be outside, and the importance of connecting with… Read more »

Australian Wildfire Relief Update: Koala Rescue

Last winter, before the world’s attention turned to the coronavirus pandemic, our eyes were on Australia as wildfires raged throughout the country. Native Aussie David Thomas, a Worldwide Contractor for O.A.T., visited the island to personally assess the need and determine how best to help. Grand Circle Foundation donated $25,000 to aid the people and… Read more »

Grand Circle associate volunteers on Kangaroo Island during bush fires

David Thomas Bush Fire Relief

By David Thomas, O.A.T. Worldwide Contractor Many regions of Australia have been feeling the effects of wild bushfires since October, which were highlighted by the world’s media when main regions in Australia were burning uncontrollably at the same time, between Christmas and New Year’s. These regions were the Blue Mountains (a few hours west of… Read more »