Grey Nurse Sharks
Australia Zoo with Wildlife Warriors support Grey Nurse Shark conservation on Australia’s east coast through a partnership with the University of Queensland. Steve Irwin’s purpose built vessel, Croc One, is used to conduct research into the location of gestation sites used by the critically endangered east coast population of Grey Nurse Sharks. Currently, we are only aware of 50% of female Grey Nurse Shark aggregation sites. It is our aim to assist in locating the other 50% to ensure these marine nurseries are protected.
Due to the false notion that Grey Nurse Sharks were man eaters in the 1950’s, they were viciously hunted and there is now an estimated population of only 1,000 Grey Nurse Sharks left on Australia’s east coast. This is one of our most threatened marine species and we proudly support the research through the use of Croc One to understand their breeding patterns.
Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors is a proud supporting partner of Sea Shepherd as they fight for marine conservation globally. Captain Paul Watson is an outspoken conservationist, friend and true Wildlife Warrior, and we’re proud to support the fleet of anti-whaling vessels including the mighty Steve Irwin!