WRAPPED: HOW YOU HELPED REGENERATE NATURE IN 2023
2023 has been a big year for our wildlife and wild places.
Thanks to the generosity of our incredible supporters, donors, and partners, together, we’ve made giant leaps towards regenerating nature.
Look at some of the big wins for nature that you helped achieve in 2023.
Homecoming for platypus
after being locally extinct for 50 years, thanks to our supporters! This was the first-ever translocation program for platypus in NSW and will help re-establish the population of this iconic Aussie species.
This project is a collaboration between the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Taronga Conservation Society Australia, UNSW Sydney, and WWF-Australia.
Eyes on Recovery
Say cheese! Eyes on Recovery sensor cameras collected 8.5 million images and identified 157 species through AI technology. These cameras were deployed following the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20 to help monitor species populations more efficiently. So far, they’ve helped inform 36 recovery interventions for 11 priority species, including the Kangaroo Island dunnart.
This grand scale of monitoring is only made possible thanks to our kind supporters.
This project is a collaboration between WWF, Conservation International, and local land managers and research organisations – with the support of Google.org.
In March, supporters joined millions of people, businesses, schools and iconic landmarks across the world to switch off and take time out for nature on Earth Hour. Whether it was 60 seconds, 60 minutes or beyond the hour, it was wonderful to see Australians sharing the many ways they were taking time to reflect on the incredible benefits nature provides.
Thanks for taking some time out!
In June, with your help, were flown 2,000km from Western Australia to their new home in Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. This was the fourth and largest group of bettongs to be released, joining previous groups as part of the Marna Banggara project to restore the landscape and reintroduce locally extinct species.
is jointly funded through the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board, the Australian Government National Landcare Program, the SA Department for Environment and Water (DEW), WWF-Australia, and Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, in partnership with the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation and with the support of Traditional Custodians, the Narungga people.
Introducing a revolutionary product…
You helped raise awareness about a revolutionary product to change our planet, featuring organic designs scientifically proven to benefit our bodies and minds: the TR-33 (aka trees)!
A race to protect and restore trees.
In July, the first was launched! It revealed how Australia’s federal, state and territory governments are performing when it comes to protecting and restoring trees, with South Australia claiming the leading spot.
With your backing, we were able to take the scorecard straight to Parliament and have discussions with political leaders on how Australia can become a world leader in reforestation.
She-oaks for glossies
Teaming up with Greening Australia, more than were planted in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula to help entice Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoos back to the mainland. These trees have been planted to help improve the species’ resilience after 54% of their feeding habitat was burnt in the 2019-20 fires.
This project is in collaboration with Greening Australia.
Ngamba - Girramay for listening
We were proud toas an organisation and will continue to amplify their vital conservation messages in the years to come.
This year, we were proud to launch , a digital hub on our website showcasing WWF-Australia’s Indigenous-focussed stories and resources. Launching the Caring on Country hub was an important step in our ongoing commitment to amplifying the importance of Indigenous-led work on Country to help Regenerate Australia.
Strong women for Country
The Women Rangers Environmental Network (WREN) program has continued to grow across three states - Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. 476 Indigenous women rangers are now engaged in WREN, providing opportunities to connect, share knowledge and strengthen their ability to take action and care for Country.
Nyaliga Rangers find Ningbing
Your support helped the Nyaliga Ranger team in the Kimberley to use sensor cameras for the first time on their Country… and the team ! The mysterious Ningbing false antechinus was recorded in a remote gorge area in the north. These cameras supplemented extensive wildlife surveys to identify areas of high conservation value for rangers to protect.
Caught on camera
With less than 150 wild tigers left in Malaysia, the mission was on to photograph one of these majestic big cats and show the world what we could lose if they’re not protected. Wildlife photographer Emmanuel Rondeau teamed up with WWF and the Indigenous anti-poaching team and captured what could be
A huge thanks to generous tiger lovers. You enable this critical on-ground conservation work to save tigers.
Home among the gum trees
In January, WWF-Australia’s Dr Kita Ashman had a wonderful surprise while out in-the-field, finding a greater glider poking its head out of one of the hi-tech nesting boxes installed following the bushfires of 2019-20 in Tallaganda National Park, NSW.
These nest boxes were installed to help greater glider populations bounce back, and this was only possible because you cared about this precious and unique native species.
This project is a collaboration between Australian National University, Greening Australia and WWF-Australia.
Saving greater gliders
In August, WWF-Australia received word that logging operations were occurring in Tallaganda State Forest, close to where nest boxes were installed for greater gliders. Over 21,000 Australians took action and signed our petition. Thanks to the powerful voices of supporters, is now in place as investigations continue.
Thanks to Forest Defence NSW and our partners at Wilderness Australia and South East Forest Rescue for working alongside us to save this critical habitat for greater gliders.
Goodbye to gill nets
Because of you, it’s officially a win for Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef and the marine wildlife that call it home! 7,500+ Aussies added their voice and helped secure a #NetFreeReef, with the Queensland Government making in dugong protection areas of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area by 2024.
Progress with plastic pollution
An updated Plastics Scorecard was released this year, tracking our states and territories' progress in phasing out single-use plastics. In Australia, there have been incredible strides towards a plastic free future since the scorecard was first released in 2019. Plus, we celebrated the NSW Government’s proposal to ban or enforce new design standards on a range of plastic products - watch this space as they could be climbing the leaderboard!
Introducing an international celebrity…
Caught green-handed! In September, a sneaky little koala named was found at the best all-you-can-eat buffet. He was found munching on seedlings at Eastern Forest Nursery in the Northern Rivers region of NSW… Claude became an internet sensation, and your support helped raise vital funds to get these munched trees in the ground.
Connecting koala corridors
As part of WWF-Australia’s Cores, Corridors and Koalas partnership with the Great Eastern Ranges, connectivity has been enhanced across 38,745 hectares to improve wildlife corridors, so koalas like Claude can thrive into the future.
This contributes to our mission to grow and save two billion trees by 2030, and we’re truly on our way thanks to the generosity of our kind supporters.
The Great Koala National Park
It’s a giant win for koalas as the NSW Government announced in September that it’s moving forward with its commitment to establish the Great Koala National Park. This will benefit koalas and hundreds of other species living in the tall eucalypt forests of the state’s mid-north coast.
And that’s a wrap! Thank YOU, our incredible supporters, donors and partners, for all you’ve helped achieve this year to Regenerate Nature. We look forward to working with you to achieve even more for our wildlife and wild places in the new year!