29 August 2017
On Sunday September 10th, 13 year old Robert Irwin - son of conservation champions Steve and Terri Irwin - will receive the prestigious ‘Luke Curnow Conservation Award’ presented by the ‘Save the Bilby Fund’ at Australia Zoo.
Co-Founder of the ‘Save the Bilby Fund’ Frank Manthey said today he was “delighted that Australia Zoo will be the venue for the Luke Curnow Conservation Award being presented in 2017.”
“The award ceremony will be held in Australia Zoo’s Mount Franklin Crocoseum on the 10th of September which marks National Bilby Day this year,” said Mr Manthey.
“Choosing a winner for this prestigious award has become very difficult. It’s been Robert’s work with his camera capturing our precious wildlife and landscape that really made him stand out,” he added.
Seven year old Luke Curnow adored bilbies and it’s been his love of these iconic Australian marsupials which has inspired the award. Frank Manthey of the ‘Save the Bilby Fund’ was so inspired by Luke’s love of bilbies that when Luke tragically passed away from a brain tumor in 2009, he named the award in his honour.
Robert Irwin is the third recipient of the award with the host of ABC’s radio program ‘Australia All Over’ Ian McNamara and Joanne Johnson from Enviro-Print receiving it previously. Luke Curnow’s parents will attend the ceremony along with Luke’s brother and sister.
Patron of ‘Save the Bilby Fund’, Australian sporting royalty and eight-time Olympic medallist Dawn Fraser will assist Frank Manthey in presenting the award to Robert right before he feeds one of Australia Zoo’s legendary saltwater crocodiles in the midday Wildlife Warriors show.
“I feel so honoured to have been chosen to receive the Luke Curnow Conservation Award and have the ‘Save the Bilby Fund’ visit Australia Zoo,” said Robert.
“We work really hard at Australia Zoo to show everyone how amazing our native Australian wildlife is – Luke definitely knew how great bilbies are and it’s his kind of passion that will help us move in the right direction towards saving our iconic Australian species,” he said.
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