Forever Wild is working with German photographer Tobias Baumgaertner to capture stunning images of our reserves, and to create a visual interpretation of the Forever Wild concept. Tobias is an exceptional photographer with a passion for wilderness, Indigenous culture and biodiversity. He bring specialities in time lapse, macro and landscape imagery. Photographs by Tobias will be used on our website, but some will also be available for sale and all proceeds will go to Forever Wild.
We are working hard to get the Forever Wild Sanctuary working. Annabelle Olsson, our wildlife vet and a Director, already has a number of animals from a range of species in care, so urgent work is underway to complete rehabilitation pens at the Tropical Wetlands Reserve. This week we were clearing vegetation around the macropod (kangaroos, wallabies and bettongs) rehabilitation pen.
We welcome local businessman Mark Fraenkle as our first economic strategic partner. Mark, who has many years operating high-end tourism ventures, will be developing specialised, immersive ecological and cultural experiences on our Tropical Wetlands reserve. These 2-3 day tours will include using the reserve as a Dark Sky location for observing the night sky, in-depth ecological and cultural experiences. The experiences will be ultra-low impact in nature, with the specific aim of creating deep connections between visitors and the landscape. Tours will be a mix of camping and overnight at the 3 secluded safari tents on the reserve. Importantly, Mark is a local with local employees, thus generating much needed input stemming […]
On its Tropical Wetlands reserve in north Queensland, Forever Wild is working with the Muluridji Indigenous people to develop activities that connect disadvantaged youth and other community members to the reserve landscape. These activities will fit into the well-being program area for our landscapes. We are also engaging on a ideas ranging from local artists to bringing elders out to country to sit, as they did for thousands of years, and rebuild their connections to landscape. We are also exploring a wide range of ideas with the Mulungu Aboriginal Health centre in the local town of Mareeba, north Queensland, again focused on well-being.
There are many ways for a natural landscape to touch people’s emotions, many ways these wild places are bound to our society. Our Human Spirit program is absolutely unique to any conservation organisation, and specifically aims to capture all those values. In June 2018 we held our first ever community concert, a magnificent blend of spectacular natural beauty, bird life and human creatively. On the banks of Clancy’s lagoon where emus forage and freshwater crocodiles bask, Woyaya, a cappella choir, were the perfect accompaniment to the Tropical Wetlands reserve at sunset. They were preceded by a local band of high-school children playing classical music. We had over 300 people attend the concert […]