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To mark World Wildlife Day on Thursday March 4, Potoroo Palace has released a short film about flying foxes to let the world know about this incredible, but endangered, keystone species. Behind the short was French filmmaker Michele Thiemann, who turned away from creating digital content for Parisian haute couture to find her passion project in the native wildlife sanctuary near Merimbula on the far south coast. She decided to give up her career in Paris due to her overwhelming sense of hopelessness over the climate crisis, growing ecological problems and the high rate of extinction of native animals. ALSO READ: “I realized what I was doing in my job wasn’t helping at all so I decided to quit everything and move to Australia and didn’t have any big ideas except that I wanted to help and make a video about the big ecological projects,” she said. The first video she made was on a 50-acre farm in Milton called Ryebrook Farm. The video was about regenerative agriculture and the project of planting the farm’s native trees to help expand the earth’s biodiversity.She was camping at Mystery Bay on the south coast at the time of the Black Summer bushfires in 2019/20 and felt a strong need to documenting the fires. She created two videos to showcase her personal experience and how climate change was affecting people. Eventually she went to Melbourne to escape the fires, but after a while she decided to return and started to volunteering at Potoroo Palace. four months of volunteering, Ms. Thiemann became a staff member. “There I discovered all the wildlife and animals and spent all my time the last few years with them, learning so many different things. “I also work with WIRES and I’m starting to learn a lot about wildlife and that’s why I’ve started sharing a bit more about the beautiful animals we have in the area and I really feel like I can help out,” she said. World Wildlife Day seemed like the perfect opportunity to create a film that she had wanted to create for some time. about flying foxes, “a keystone species for forest restoration”. READ ALSO: Calling on South Coast fruit tree growers to use flying foxes and wildlife-friendly netting Misconceptions about animals have been detrimental to the species as a whole.” I interviewed Alexandra because she really inspires me a lot and in the video she gives another perspective on the flying fox, as she has been caring for them for many years.” All the flying foxes we have at Potoroo Palace are here for a reason and the video explains it,” she said. As an extension of the video, Ms Thiemann also filmed one at Panboola Wetlands in Pambula about the flying fox population that inhabited that area while feasting on native flowers. She created the video in her native language, with English subtitles, to share the information with as many people as possible. “I like to try to educate with what I know, there are so many travelers who come to pass and do not notice p really have all of those things and sometimes just focus on one species like kangaroos or koalas,” she said. The next film she planned to do was for the International Day of Forests on March 21, about native forests to explore how her “view of native trees and forests has changed since arriving in Australia”. Next, she plans to move on to a film about koalas and why they disappeared and what people can do to help their dwindling populations, as well as a video about the differences between WIRES and the animal sanctuary practices in animal rehabilitation. She has also been busy creating videos for Potoroo Palace’s YouTube channel about the various native animals she cares for at the sanctuary. Ms Thiemann also considered online study options in wildlife conservation and management, but wanted to be able to continue her world at the sanctuary, “as long as they had me”. Do you like your regional news? So sign up for Voice of Real Australia, daily news from around the country delivered free to your inbox.