A Message from Our Staff
A Message from Our Staff
Consultant, Dr. Allan McKinnon BVSc, MSc
Manager, Moggill Koala Hospital, and Team Leader, Wildlife Management,
Department of the Environment and Resource Management
Sometimes we think we are separate from nature - but this is not so. Sometimes we think that people in other countries are very different from us - we have a lot in common. Conservation of wildlife is in everyone’s interest. Given the human impact on the natural environment (the home of most wildlife), it is time to restore the balance. Even in cities, wildlife and humans can live alongside one another - this is very apparent in Australia. Australian wildlife is unique and subject to a number of threats. It is rewarding to be able to assist them.
Director, Tak Adachi LLB, MBA
Commissioner-Japan, Queensland Government
Located in the northeast of Australia, many Japanese are very familiar with the state of Queensland through visits, exchanges or business trips, etc., and are well aware that it is home to many wild animals, such as the koala. I was, however, shocked to learn that some of those lovely animals are actually endangered due to the activities of people. Environmental protection somehow tends to be viewed as something that we can leave up to the experts and academics. With the establishment of the AJWCEF, however, I am delighted that there is now the opportunity for people from Japan also to contribute at the grass roots level in a more direct manner. It would indeed be wonderful for Japan, particularly its youth, to contribute to friendly exchanges between Japan and Queensland through the important human theme of conservation.
Director Dr. Hajime Amasaki DVM. PhD
Professor of Veterinary Anatomy
Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University
The university at which I teach offers courses in veterinary science, veterinary technology, animal science and food technology. As of around 5 years ago we have conducted a study tour to learn about Australian wildlife as part of an international exchange programme with the University of Queensland. Feedback from the vast majority of students says that they thought it was truly wonderful to be able to visit Australia , see koalas and other wildlife for themselves and get a feel for their situation. Having the opportunity to see the world outside Japan, they were also surprised by the differing attitudes towards wildlife. Rather than having the usual tourist experience, being able to see actual environmental and wildlife protection in Australia provides a wonderful chance to not only learn about wildlife protection activities and gain an international perspective, but also to be reminded of the importance of wildlife protection in Japan and around the world as well. It is also a great opportunity to gain in-depth specialist knowledge about wildlife conservation. So, I thoroughly recommend that you experience this for yourself.
Executive Director Julia Mizuno BA (Hons), MAJIT
NAATI Accredited Interpreter and Translator
Casual Lecturer, University of Queensland
In the rush of our busy daily lives it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that we share this planet not only with our fellow human beings but also with a myriad of fascinating creatures - creatures without which the environment on which we rely would not function properly. Due to a variety of factors, including the loss of habitat and the emergence of new diseases, some stress-induced, there are some species of animals that are in danger of becoming extinct and need our help to ensure their survival. AJWCEF’s aim is to support a variety of wildlife conservation activities and research while, hopefully, the human species of animal finds ways in which to live that do not threaten the other animals that co-habit the earth. With the close ties that exist between our countries at a number of levels, we hope that our friends in Japan will lend us their support in attempting to restore and maintain healthy populations of Australia’s unique, but endangered, animals. Ultimately, however, it is my hope that one day in the future we will achieve a state of comfortable co-existence between humans and other animals and that organizations such as the AJWCEF become completely unnecessary.
Staff Toshimi Hirano
Head of Publicity and Planning
Hello! I was born and raised in Osaka, a huge, man-made metropolis where you could be forgiven for thinking that humans are the only animals on the planet. Since coming to Australia, however, I have had the chance to see for myself beautiful and proud koalas in the wild as they enjoy their life under the vast Australian sky, and this is something that you certainly cannot see in a zoo. I was struck by the fact that the habitat of people overlaps with that of animals and that we need to co-exist without excluding those animals. During AJWCEF training courses and study tours, I accompany participants at the training facilities to help them communicate with rangers and understand the lecturers given in English. I enjoy exchanging ideas with all the people I meet through the courses and tours as we think about what we can do to ensure that the earth is a vibrant, healthy and well-balanced environment for all animals. This may seem an impossible task, but if we keep an eye on the objective and maintain a passion, we will find like-minded people with whom to move steadily forward, step by step.
Staff Aomi Ishiguro
Training Couse and Study Tour Cordinator
Hello, my name is Aomi. I will be one of the staff that will be working with you during the tours.
Since when I was young, animals and nature was a close friend of mine, and I still remember then the feeling of being more comfortable then any where else including my own house and classroom.
After graduating high school in Japan, I came to Australia to study Zoology at James Cook University. At University I have studied many things, from water creatures to land creatures, as well as ecology and conservation. Gladly I have graduated university on March 2016.
Now I am very honored and lucky to be one of the staff at this amazing place, AJWCEF, where I can touch, think, talk and share my knowledge about the animals and the wildlife.
I am still learning many things and many are my first time, but I will do my best.
I am looking forward to meet you all in Australia, wishing that more people will recognise the importance and how joyful will it be to have our wildlife, and wishing many wildlife will be protected from anything that threats their nature.