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Habitat loss is a key reason 500 native Australian
animals are now on the Threatened Species List

Today, there are no less than 517 native animals on the Australian Government's list of threatened species*. Habitat loss and introduced predators are the key reasons so many of our beloved native animals are on this list.

Over the past 200 years, more than 75% of our native vegetation has been destroyed or degraded. Of all the animal emblems we proudly show to promote our eight States and Territories, four of them are listed as threatened, including the Koala. Victoria’s emblem - the Leadbeater’s Possum - is considered critically endangered.

* https://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicthreatenedlist.pl 

Leadbeaters possum
Koala

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. FNPW 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. This is why our work is so important. If it weren’t for our national parks and the programs FNPW helps to fund, even more native animals would be facing the same fate as the Tasmanian Tiger!

Eastern long necked turtle
Bandicoot

Right now we are urgently recruiting Habitat Heroes – a special group of FNPW donors who provide a regular gift, creating a fund that we know we can count on as a steady resource for our vital work. This fund enables us to initiate habitat conservation projects critical to the survival of endangered native species. Projects like:

  • Connect to Protect – securing species like the Squirrel Glider, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Scarlet Robin in the wild for 100 years by connecting national parks and re-establishing ‘wildlife corridors’.
  • Trails for Tails – protecting Albert’s Lyrebird and other threatened wildlife through camera monitoring and data recording, fire awareness, wildlife friendly fencing, and feral animal monitoring and control.
Alberts Lyrebird
Eastern Quoll

As a HABITAT HERO, you decide how much you can afford to give each month, and you can change that amount or cancel your monthly payment at any time. Your monthly gift will help to fund the purchase of more land to expand our parks, protect our native wildlife and their breeding areas, connect people to our national parks and engage the next generation of Park Protectors.

By acting now to protect nature and prevent extinction, we can secure a better future for all. Thank you for supporting our vital conservation work!

Ian Darbyshire 

CEO – Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife p

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Habitat loss is a key reason 500 native Australian animals are now on the Threatened Species List

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