You may notice some signs popping up throughout the garden beds at the Melbourne Campus in the coming weeks. These signs aim to raise awareness of the various issues with feeding wildlife.
Feeding ducks or other animals bread and other processed food is detrimental to their health. It contributes to malnutrition, loss of natural behaviour, dependency on humans, as well as attracting pests and pollution of waterways.
Ducks can live longer, healthier lives by relying on natural food sources such as aquatic plants, seeds, grasses and insects rather than taking handouts from well-meaning humans.
The new signs around campus also include phone numbers for Help for Wildlife: 0477 555 611 and The Lost Dogs Home: 9329 2755, for support for sick or injured wild or domestic animals.
Please enjoy the campus wildlife from a distance!