We have towering eucalypt forests, home to animals, including koalas and greater gliders. Intricate river systems, where platypus hide. Rugged ranges and red earth, where wallabies bounce. And then there are our magnificent beaches and seascapes, where marine turtles nest and whales make their annual migration.
Our geographical isolation means many of these animals and plants have evolved over time and are unique to Australia.
Sadly, more than 550 of our native animals are at risk of being lost forever. Habitat destruction, invasive predators, inappropriate fires and the increasing impacts of a changing climate are pushing many of our precious wildlife to the brink of extinction. We’ve already lost more than 60 of our unique species.
WWF-Australia is working in partnership with Traditional Owners, communities, organisations, businesses and individuals to protect our threatened wildlife, restore their habitats and turn the tide on our extinction crisis. This work is only possible thanks to our incredible supporters.
Together, we can Regenerate Australia and save our unique wildlife.
Over thirty million years of geographical isolation have created animals and plants unique to Australia. However, this rich biological diversity has seriously declined since European settlement. 34 Australian mammals have become extinct over the past 200 years. In the land of the kangaroo, the platypus and the koala, our mammals are the most distinctive in the world. 86% can’t be found anywhere else. But our mammal population is dwindling. And the main wildlife in danger of extinction or decline are those that fall in a critical weight range – 35 to 5,500 grams. Threatened animals in this range include , , bandicoots, , , and , which are particularly vulnerable to predators, including feral cats and foxes.