Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. However, more than 100 species have become extinct over the past 200 years.
Most species become threatened because of habitat destruction and the invasion of non-native species, but with effective management almost all can be protected. National Threatened Species Day on Monday, September 7, is designed to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction.
Last June, the NSW Parliament estimated that a third of the state’s population of koalas were killed in the preceding summer’s devastating bushfires, and that the marsupial could become extinct in the state by 2050. It has been suggested that koalas should have their ‘vulnerable’ listing re-evaluated and lifted to ‘endangered’ in NSW and Queensland.
Join us by raising awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction, and help place a spotlight on how we can protect them into the future. National Threatened Species Day also celebrates the astounding work being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts. To find out more, visit http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened