Jimirara is a grassroots organisation in the early planning stages of its existence.
Located on a rural property in Mount Surround, North Queensland, Jimirara is comprised of 40 acres of moist to dry eucalypt woodlands. The property adjoins Bowling Green Bay National Park and is home to an abundance of wild native flora and fauna, including Orchids, Cycads, Northern Quolls, and Red-tailed Black cockatoos.
Jimirara’s goals are to conserve and protect the local biome in the following ways:
- Implement practical local conservation initiatives to create a healthier, more resilient ecosystem for the benefit of native flora and fauna species.
- Educate people on the importance of environmental conservation through providing opportunities for meaningful engagement in environmental conservation projects, and to experience local native wildlife firsthand (public exhibition/wildlife shows, regular field days, workshops, working bees etc).
- Conduct research primarily aimed towards developing sustainable relationships between humans and the local environment (i.e. farmers, and private landholders). Moreover, possible implementation of captive breeding programs for key threatened/endangered species when the organisation is established.
Jimirara will provide a community hub for wildlife education and research. This will be achieved through the following ways.
- Public tours such as school groups, community groups and general public.
- Workshops where key environmental themes are explored, featuring expert guest speakers.
- Collaboration with Universities to provide study sites for undergraduate field work and post-graduate research projects.
- Creating a volunteer network to contribute to wildlife surveys and research undertaken by academic and community groups in the region.
Enclosures will be constructed to provide homes for wildlife contributing to the conservation of its species through education, research, breeding programs and rehabilitation such as:
- Ambassador wildlife (like Dingoes) that cannot be released in Queensland for legal reasons, but public education plays a vital role in conservation of its species.
- Wildlife participating in captive breeding programs to ensure the long term survival of its species.
- Rehabilitation of injured sick and orphaned wildlife for release.
Shakira has over thirteen years experience in zoos, environmental management and conservation and land management. During this time, Shakira has worked as a Zoologist, Park Ranger, Project Manager and Environmental Scientist in a variety of roles throughout Australia. She is also the consulting Zoologist for the Australian Dingo Foundation.
James has over six years experience in zoos, wildlife management and Australian native wildlife care and has diverse international experience in environmental conservation projects. James also holds a Diploma in Business Management, Diploma of Justice Administration and Diploma of Community Services.