In times of economic distress, government-funded wildlife conservation often takes a back seat to competing concerns. InAustralia, private (non-governmental) groups are taking up some of the slack…and doing a fine job. Over 6,000,000 acres of land are now being privately managed for the benefit of native animals and plants.
Wildlife in Peril
Parrot conservation often takes center stage when talk turns to Australian wildlife, but a wide variety of other animals are also in trouble. A recent report (please see below) states that 27 species of Australian birds are now extinct, 20 are critically endangered, 68 are vulnerable and 63 are classified as near-threatened. Australia leads the world mammal extinctions, and severe declines have also been noted among reptiles, amphibians and fishes. Read More »