Long term commitment from Southern Discoveries

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August 2014

A long term commitment from Southern Discoveries

Southern Discoveries boatA Southern Discoveries boat heads towards Mitre Peak and the Sinbad valley

Having funded this incredibly important project for the first 5 years, during what proved to be some challenging global financial times, Southern Discoveries have just announced their continuing commitment to the Sinbad Sanctuary project. A new operational plan is being developed to build on the solid work already done.

The first 5 years of funding:

Donations from Southern Discoveries of $25,000 in the first year, $35,000 in year two, and $32,000 per annum thereafter has meant the establishment of a pest control programme that is allowing the threatened birds, lizards and invertebrate species to increase in number.

From the outset John Robson, Southern Discoveries General Manager, said the sponsorship was a long term commitment. “We are really excited to support such a worthwhile project in this beautiful area of New Zealand. This will create a new safe site where threatened species may be reintroduced in the future. The Sinbad Gully has all the makings of a spectacular and unique conservation project” Mr Robson said.

At the time of the announcement, Fiordland Conservation Trust Chair, Roger McNaughton said, “World Heritage Status has not achieved protection for this valley ... The protection of the threatened wildlife would not be going ahead without Southern Discoveries' significant contribution.”

...and commitment from Southern Discoveries staff:

It is not only money that is being given - the staff provide hours of voluntary work each year. Check out Southern Discoveries' Conservation page on their website for the results of their hard work out in the field.

Southern Discoveries also profile the Sinbad Sanctuary Project in the interpretation material they provide to tourists in the Milford Sound area - their tour boats, the underwater observatory (Milford Sound Discovery Centre) and the Blue Duck Café. As a result the educational spin-offs of the Project are far reaching not only within New Zealand, but also in the international arena.