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  • Interview with KarlBeeTV

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    Karl from KarlBeeTV invited us to be guests on his podcast “Inside the Mind of…“.

    The interview covered all things orangutan as well as our studies, living with cerebral palsy as well as other topics.  It was a great interview, we had a lot of fun.  thank you Karl for sharing our story.  The interview goes for 1 hour so grab a cuppa and get inside our minds…

     

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    Australia Zoo Visit

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    Visit to Australia Zoo

    Daniel and William were invited to visit the Australia Zoo, Beerwah, QLD.

    four people with one person in a wheelchair feeding a giraffeUpon arrival the boys were greeted by Bill Ferguson, Government Relations Manager, who escorted the family for the day showing them all of the amazing improvements the zoo has made from almost 10 years ago since Daniel and William were last there.

    The most amazing area to see was the African Savannah with 8 acres for the giraffe, zebra and white rhino’s to graze at their leisure.  The boys were able to feed ‘Forest’, the tallest giraffe in captivity in the world, which was incredible.

    boy in wheelchair with meerkat on his shoulderThe boys also visited the meerkats and were able to have an amazing encounter with them with the keeper explaining all about them.  They were able to give the meerkats a few treats including  carrots, zucchini and their favourite mealworms.

    Daniel and William were also given a tour of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital which is one of Australia’s largest wildlife hospitals.  It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the most incredible caring staff and relies solely on donations to continue its work.

    Daniel and William with Irwin family inside veterinarian operating theatre presenting booksWhile at the wildlife hospital the boys were fortunate to meet with Terri Irwin, Robert, Bindi and Chandler.  It was a great meeting of incredible conservationists together in one place.

    Daniel and William presented their books to the Irwin family and Bindi surprised the boys with a signed copy of her latest book for them! “Creating a Conservation Legacy” by Bindi Irwin.  inside cover of bindi irwins book titled a conservation legacyThe book celebrates Australia Zoo’s 50 years with Bindi including hundreds of photos documenting the early days of the zoo through to today’s achievements.

    five people walking on a stone path with one person in a wheelchair with grass on the edgeThe Irwins were very proud of what Daniel and William have achieved in their conservation efforts to save the orangutan.  The day ended with Terri and Rosemary Booth, wildlife veterinarian and Director of the hospital, giving the boys a behind-the-scene tour of the hospital to see, first hand, the work they are doing to save all the wildlife that comes through their door.

    Thank you to the Irwin family for an incredibly amazing day.  It was so great to meet and talk with you.

    Steve has always been our inspiration from the beginning of our quest.

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    Kindness is Everything Podcast

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    Anitha Rao-Robinson, creator of the “Kindness is Everything” podcast, is located in Ontario, Canada and she reached out to Daniel and William through The Orangutan Project to see if they would come on her show.  Her podcasts feature stories of young people talking about their amazing acts of kindness and is well worth listening to.

    As Anitha is an animal lover, having many different animals on her farm, she was very excited to have Daniel and William on her show about their quest to save the orangutan.  If you would like to listen to Daniel and Williams interview, or even subscribe to her channel, please click below.

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    ABC Sunday Extra with Julian Morrow

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    Daniel and William, as 2021 QLD Young Australian of the Year, were asked to be interviewed by ABC Radio National to be part of their Sunday Extra Program with Julian Morrow.  The segment is called, “The Year That Made Me!”.

    The boys were asked to nominate a year that stood out on their quest to save the critically endangered orangutan and to also nominate a song that resonated with them throughout their journey.

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    Meeting our local MP – Kim Richards

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    Kim Richards

    Daniel and William with Redlands Member for Parliament, Kim Richards

    Daniel and William were invited to meet with their local member of state parliament for Redlands Queensland, Kim Richards, as she was very proud to have the 2021 QLD Young Australians of the Year from her own community.

    It was great to meet with her and have her support for our quest.  We hope we can inspire students across Queensland to become passionate for the environment to believe in themselves and to know they can also make a difference.

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