Wildlife Expo 2022 – celebrating 60 years

Saturday 27th August 2022

60th anniversary WPSQ

See below for schedule of talks

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (now usually just called Wildlife Queensland) was 60 years old in 2022. One of its founders, the poet and conservationist Judith Wright (who our federal electorate is named after), lived in the Scenic Rim for two decades, and the Scenic Rim has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in Australia. Hence the Scenic Rim branch is celebrating the 60 years from 9.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 27th August with a WILDLIFE EXPO. This event was held at the Outlook, just north of Boonah.


Squirrel glider showing the very bushy tail: from a previous Geckos display

Squirrel glider showing the very bushy tail: from a previous Geckos display.

  • Wildlife of the Scenic Rim: an overview of local mammals, birds and other wildlife
  • Wildlife Corridors project in the Scenic Rim
  • History of WPSQ and of Scenic Rim WPSQ
  • Koala conservation
  • Brushed-tailed Rock-wallaby Conservation Network
  • Glider research
  • Quoll research
  • Bats
  • Landcare in the Scenic Rim
  • Land for Wildlife in the Scenic Rim
  • Caring for orphaned and injured wildlife
  • Native plant nurseries
  • Sustainable Wildlife Tourism
  • Sustainable population in Australia
  • Threatened species of the Scenic Rim
  • Local conservation issues



Martin introducing a bettong to the crowd at a wildlife workshop in Beaudesert

  • 9.30am Brief history and poetry of Judith Wright, a co-founder of Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland who lived in the Scenic Rim for two decades. Ronda Green (chair WPSQ Scenic Rim)
  • 9.45am An Overview of the Wildlife of the Scenic Rim. Ronda Green
  • 10.15am Brush-tailed rock-wallabies (by Hannah Thomas, presented by Karin Cox)
  • 10.30am The Logan Koala Project, and Koala-detection dogs. Ryan Lawrie
  • 10.45am Caring for wildlife. Tara Hunter, WildCare.
  • 11.00am Meet our wildlife.  Martin Fingland (Gecko’s Wildlife) will be bringing animals native to the Scenic Rim for us to meet
  • 12.00noon Sustainable population for Australia. Simon Cole
  • 12.15pm Citizen science research on  koalas. Carney Matheson, Griffith University
  • 12.30pm Meet our wildlife. As for 11.00am
  • 1.30pm  Land for Wildlife in the Scenic Rim. Catherine Madden, Land For Wildlife.
  • 2.00pm The Logan Koala Project, and Koala-detection dogs. Ryan Lawrie.
  • 2.15pm Flying foxes, our night time gardeners and just how imo
    portant they are to all of us. Joanie Lewis,  Bats Queensland.
  • 2.30pm Private enterprise facilities in National Parks: can it compromise wilderness experience and wildlife conservation? Sonya Underdahl, postgrad student studying ecotourism in Protected Areas




  • How to sketch wildlife. Some quick and easy ways for drawing
    kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife, and how to record details for
  • Arts and crafts with native plants
  • Wildlife puzzle trail – fun for families
  • Koala-related activities



Food and drink

Pizzas, donuts, churros, coffee, cold drinks, other food and drink were available at the venue

About The Scenic Bristle Bird

This is the Scenic Rim branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. One of the founders, Judith Wright, lived-in the Scenic Rim for about two decades, and we hope would be pleased that there is now an active Scenic Rim branch. Our activities to date have included various meetings and outings, workshops, talks to schools and other groups, displays and various functions, surveys of gliders in the Scenic Rim and a Bioblitxz. We encourage all ages to get involved.The bristle bird is our symbol as it is a critically endangered species with major strongholds inner region, and we have helped to raise money towards a captive-breeingand release program.

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