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Heart of the Reef

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Koala sitting on road © Cheryl Ridge

Save koalas

Koala numbers are plummeting due to weakened tree-clearing laws in Queensland.

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Scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) schooling, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean © naturepl.com / Jeff Rotman / WWF

In photos: The secret world of sharks

Swap your fear for fascination with this week's photo gallery celebrating sharks.

WWF-Australia updates

Be inspired to take action and learn about ways you can help WWF reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

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Aerial view of Hardy Reef taken on 20 June 2017 to assess if the Heart Reef has been bleached © WWF-Aus / Christian Miller
Oceans | Fight for the Reef

Make Your Mark

Let's keep the heart of the Reef beating. Urge the Australian Prime Minister to take stronger action to protect the Reef.

A large, great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran), about 4m in length, cruising © naturepl.com / Alex Mustard / WWF
Species | Oceans

Celebrating net gains on Shark Awareness Day

Within our vast oceans, it's easy for complex interrelationships to go unnoticed. That is, until the delicate balance is disturbed.

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A green turtle swims off Heron Island Research Station, Queensland, Australia © WWF / James Morgan

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Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's seven natural wonders, it is a prized World Heritage Area, the largest reef system and the biggest living structure on the planet. It sprawls over a jaw-dropping 344,400 square kilometres – an area so large that it can be seen from space.

The Reef is composed of 3,000 individual reef systems, 600 tropical islands and about 300 coral cays. This complex maze of habitats provides refuge for an astounding variety of marine plants and animals – from ancient sea turtles, reef fish and 134 species of sharks and rays, to 400 different hard and soft corals and a plethora of seaweeds.


Carnaby’s black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). Western Australia. © Georgina Steytler

Carnaby's black cockatoo

The Carnaby’s black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) is one of just two species of white-tailed black cockatoo found on Earth – the other is the Baudin’s cockatoo. Both species are endangered and found only in Southwest Australia.


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Bengal tiger © naturepl.com  / Andy Rouse / WWF

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When you give generously today, you become a vital part of WWF-Australia’s important conservation work. Your donation will be supporting WWF’s work to protect our most precious threatened species and places.

The challenges are huge, but with your support and our scientific know-how, the possibility of a better future becomes more achievable every day.

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