Creatures Great and Small:
Linda Dennis was awarded as runner up in the
2006 Serventy Conservation
Medal for her work to educate the public about
Photo: Steve Gosch
By Ben Brennan
love of animals from raptors to macropods has earned a local wildlife educator
recognition in one of the country's foremost conservation awards.
Dennis of Fourth Crossing received the runner up award in the 2006 Serventy Conservation
medal in recognition of her work to educate the public about proper care of native
up are not usually recognised however Linda received the award due to the high
number of nominees and the quality of their work.
came second in a field of 150 nominees and says she was very happy to be recognised.
a really prestigious award, it's usually given to some really high profile people,"
says she was surprised to discover she would be presented with the award in the
company of people like Gardening Australia's Peter Cundall and minister for the
environment Bob Debus.
work over the last seven years has been focussed on educating people about the
best ways to look after injured wildlife so they may be rehabilitated to return
to the wild.
is so rewarding to teach people so they know enough to stop and check on a kangaroo
by the side of the road and to be able to look after a joey if they find one,"
think they recognised me because I've stepped outside the square to educate the
has also established Fourth Crossing as a refuge for native wildlife including,
kangaroos, echidnas, platypuses and even eagles.
also received the first ever high distinction in Wildlife husbandry and rehabilitation
at the University of Victoria.