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Right across Australia, native animals that are important to Australia’s ecosystem are declining at an alarming rate

Four species of quolls occur in Australia and at one time, most parts of the country were inhabited by at least one of these. Sadly, all quoll species have dramatically declined in numbers since European settlement, due mainly to habitat loss and introduced predators such as foxes and cats.

Right now, the Eastern, Spotted-tail and Northern Quoll are all listed nationally as Endangered… and the Western Quoll is listed as Vulnerable. The Eastern Quoll, once widespread throughout south-eastern Australia, has been extinct on the mainland since the 1960s.


Why is this important? Like us, I’m sure you want to protect and preserve all our native fauna and the habitats in which they live, for future generations to enjoy. And no doubt you want to prevent any further extinction of our native mammals, of which there have been 14 in just the past 50 years

But there are practical reasons too behind FNPW’s efforts to save Australia’s threatened species. Quolls play a really important role in the ecosystem. As predators of small mammals, they aid in the control of small mammal populations. They also eat carrion, thus cleaning the environment. And they even have a positive economic importance for humans, benefiting agriculture by removing insect pests. 


Similarly, freshwater turtles keep water quality high in our river systems. They’re scavengers that get rid of all the dead fish and any other rotting animals in rivers, keeping them clean. Murray River turtles have declined by 90% in the last 40 years and in some areas, they are extinct. Unless urgent action is taken the entire population could be wiped out.

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is working with scientists, schools, government, and communities along the Murray to implement a solution that will help save this unique iconic species. And in the Mount Lofty Ranges, we’re working with local partners to restore wildlife corridors that will reconnect genetically isolated bandicoot populations, so they can intermingle and ensure their survival.

Your support is allowing us to address these urgent problems and as a result, you’re not just saving beautiful animals. In fact, you’re helping to save Australia’s ecosystem. 

 


Did you know there were once eight species of bandicoot living in southern Australia? … now there’s just one. Only the Southern Brown Bandicoot can still be found in this large region and that too is endangered. In fact, its numbers have been on a steady decline in recent years.

Why is this important? Like us, I’m sure you want to protect and preserve all our native fauna and the habitats in which they live, for future generations to enjoy.

But there are practical reasons too behind FNPW’s efforts to save Australia’s threatened species. Bandicoots for example, play a really important role in the health of soil. They excel at digging. In fact, a southern brown bandicoot can excavate over 3.9 tonnes of soil per year! That digging aerates the earth and brings deep soils and their nutrients to the surface. These ‘ecosystem engineers’ mix and trap organic matter and other materials, increasing nutrient turnover.

That’s just one important job that’s falling by the wayside as our digging mammals decline in number. Thousands of native animals need our help to survive the threat posed by species introduced by humans at some stage in our history. Together, we can give them a future.

Make your donation by 8 October to go in the draw to WIN one of two great wildlife prizes. If you live in Victoria, Tasmania, or SA, you could WIN a 3 Night Murray River Discovery Cruise for Two* valued at $2,630. If you live in NSW, the ACT, QLD, WA, or the Northern Territory, you have the chance to WIN a 2-night stay for two at Devil Ark* in the Barrington Tops region where FNPW is helping to fund a critical project working to save the Eastern quoll.

Captain Cook Cruises Devil Ark 

 

Ian Darbyshire

 

CEO – Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

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*Click here for prize details on the Murray River Discovery Cruise and click here for details on the Devil's Retreat.