Friends of Bonorong fundraises for the immediate care of native wildlife in need.

With your help, we've raised over $90,000 for our critical care programs.

Photo: Michael Eastwell


Our mission is to support Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary by fundraising for both for the immediate care of wildlife in crisis, and for the ongoing protection of Tasmanian and Australian wildlife in need. Through business partnerships, one off-donations and recurring contributions, our supporters play a crucial role in helping Bonorong ensure the survival of our wildlife.

Megan Alessandrini – President


A future where we empower Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary with an ever-strengthening financial foundation, enabling them to extend support, care, and rehabilitation to all injured and ailing wildlife in Tasmania.

Macropus giganteus (Forester kangaroo) trail


44 of 100 Registered

The Friends of Bonorong Founding Partners campaign was established in late 2021. This one-off foundation program is strictly limited 100 places and we are looking to fill our final spots through this campaign!

We are offering people the opportunity to become a Founding Partner through “100 Friends of Bonorong Founding Partners”. As a Founding Partner, you will forever be known as one who helped make this important initiative a reality. Your name will be etched in our history as being a key to the foundation of Friends of Bonorong.

To take part in this limited program, we are asking these first 100 people for a $2000 tax deductible donation. Your valued donation will be used to support the Bonorong Primary Care teams, enclosure maintenance and research efforts. In exchange, you’ll receive a range of benefits and join the rapidly-growing list of our amazing Founding Partners below.

Hurry – spots are strictly limited and are filling fast!

Benefits of becoming a Founding Partner

  • Annual Pass to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for a defined number of people (which can include children).
  • Recognition across multiple marketing channels including our website.
  • Ongoing and regular communication from the Friends of Bonorong Board.
  • ‘Behind the Scenes’ exclusives and networking experiences.
  • Early bird tickets to our annual fundraising gala.
  • A unique, individually-numbered limited edition print portraying a Tasmanian devil (painted by our very own ambassador Bonnie Sveen).
  • Your name etched on our Founding Partners honour board (constructed from beautiful recovered Tasmanian Hydrowood).


Photo: Michael Eastwell

Photo: Michael Eastwell

You're making a big difference

So you’re interested in becoming a Founding Partner? Fantastic!

Please complete the form below and one of our friendly staff will be in touch shortly.

Megan Alessandrini


I have always been interested in animals and I am grateful to be involved in Friends of Bonorong which will make a real difference. I regard volunteering and NGO involvement as critically important to a healthy world and community action is amazingly powerful. Tasmanian wildlife needs our help now but we need the community to help.

Megan is currently Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania and her best mate
is Jock the rescued border collie/ springer spaniel. She was born and raised Tasmania and after completing
school she worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs and then Department of Employment, as an
employment officer, disability officer and women’s employment officer. While employed, she did a degree in
Sociology and Political Science/Public Administration and honours [first class]. In 2001 she completed her PhD
and was appointed as an academic at the University of Tasmania. She has been active in advocacy, volunteering
and board participation related to animal welfare for 30 years.

  • Veterinary Board Tasmania 2019 onwards
  • Wildlife rescuer, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary 2016 onwards
  • Member, Wildcare Tasmania, 2016 onwards
  • ‘C ’category member, DPIPWE Animal Ethics Committee 2003 onwards
  • Board member (and life member), Dogs ’Homes of Tasmania 2003 onwards
  • President, Companion Animal Network Australia (Australia CAN) current
  • Supporter/ donor, Bush Heritage Australia 2018 onwards
  • Member, Dogs Tasmania, 2017 onwards
  • Member, Australian Animal Welfare Strategy [AAWS] Ministerial working party on companion animals
  • Board Member, Australian & New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc [ANZTSR] 2010-2018,
  • Member, National Foundation of Australian Women
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, Animals Australia

Megan has a PhD in politics and policy, specialising in NGOs and government, has more than 25 years of practical
experience in Nongovernment organisations and cares deeply about the welfare of animals, particularly wildlife.