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In photos: Our favourite wildlife snaps of 2018

18 Dec 2018


  • Women Rangers
  • dugongs
  • marine turtles
  • rhinoceros
  • wallabies
  • whales

2018 was a huge year for us here at WWF-Australia! Thanks to our supporters we’ve accomplished so much for our wildlife and our planet.

In this gallery, we take a look back at some of our favourite wildlife photos from 2018. Which one’s your fave?



A green turtle (Chelonia mydas) having a rest at Lighthouse Bommie, Great Barrier Reef © Mike Ball Dive Expeditions / WWF-Aus

We started off the year with a big battle on our hands - to protect the Coral Sea. Over 30,000 people signed to #PreserveOurReserves and save our Coral Sea, its pristine reefs and its vast array of marine wildlife. However, the fight’s still not over… so watch this space.


Shy albatross chick sitting in an artificial nest with parent © Matthew Newton / WWF-Aus

With the help of our partners, we airlifted more than 100 artificial nests to Albatross Island in Bass Strait, off Tasmania. It was part of a trial program aimed at increasing the breeding success of the shy albatross. And the good news? Dozens of fluffy shy albatross chicks hatched and were observed sitting on their artificial nests. See more adorable photos of the project here.


A dugong (Dugong dugon) swimming in the sea © / WWF

Our generous supporters helped us raise enough money to purchase a 600-metre long gill net and remove it from Princess Charlotte Bay in QLD - forever! The first step to creating a Net-Free North and providing a safe haven the size of Tasmania for endangered marine animals like dugongs, dolphins, turtles and sharks. Take a look at all the species that will benefit from a Net-Free North.


Eastern quoll released into Booderee National Park © WWF-Aus / Morgan Cardiff

In March, eastern quolls were reintroduced to Booderee National Park on the Australian mainland more than 50 years after going locally extinct. Only months later, eastern quoll joeys were born in the wild and photographed roaming independently from their mothers for the first time.


A black-flanked rock wallaby is released into Kalbarri National Park © Wild Vista / WWF - Aus

We flew another 25 black-flanked rock-wallabies to Kalbarri National Park in Western Australia as the final part of one of Australia’s most successful conservation projects - re-establishing this threatened species in the remote WA mid west.

Plus, May 2018 was also the month WWF-Australia celebrated its 40th birthday! Check out our 40 years in-the-field gallery to see our fave photos and accomplishments over the last four decades.


Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) adult playing with plastic bottle, Pantanal, Pocone, Brazil © / Paul Williams / WWF

This powerful photo of an otter contemplating a plastic bottle helped raise awareness of plastic pollution and its impact on our precious marine wildlife. So far, over 3,000 people have taken the pledge to #ReduceYourUse and help keep our beaches and oceans pristine. Have a look at the other marine animals impacted by plastics.


Gudjuda ranger Tracey Solomon, drawing turtle figure on sand, Alva Beach, North Queensland © WWF-Aus / Kerry Trapnell

WWF-Australia and the QLD Government took the first steps to establish a Women’s Land and Sea Ranger Network for female Indigenous rangers. They will play an increasingly important role in protecting Queensland’s unique species and natural landscapes. Find out more about how Indigenous women rangers are using their ecological knowledge to protect Australia’s unique plant species.


Blossom the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and her cute koala joey Petal on a eucalyptus tree after being released into the wild at Campbelltown, NSW © WWF-Aus / Alex Weinress

On the back of the successful KIMBY campaign we ran in Queensland, we set out to #SaveKoalas from excessive tree-clearing in NSW. Koalas like Blossom and her joey Petal (pictured above) were released back into the wild after falling victim to excessive tree-clearing.


Two black rhinoceros and lilac-breasted roller © Martin Harvey / WWF

“Hey, psst, don’t freak out but I think you’ve got something on your back.”


Was one of our most ‘liked’ Instagram posts for the year! Be sure to follow WWF-Australia on Instagram for your daily dose of wildlife.


Drone footage of humpback whales bubble net feeding in Antarctica © Duke University Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab. Research conducted under permit by NOAA.

We shared some incredible footage from Duke University of humpback whales ‘bubble net feeding’ in the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. This is a crucial feeding ground for many species of whales, including the humpback. Sadly, they’re in direct competition with industrial krill fishing, which is why we need to establish a marine protected area for these beautiful marine mammals.


A hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming above corals in Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras © Antonio Busiello / WWF-US

We used new satellite tracking to confirm that critically endangered hawksbill turtles use the Coral Sea as their highway to travel between Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef.

We also partnered with Royal Caribbean Cruises to raise awareness to #ThinkBeforeYouBuy when you’re overseas and buying tourist souvenirs, as many tortoiseshell products are made from the real shells of hawksbill turtles.


A mother tiger and her cub in Ranthambore National Park, India © Souvik Kundu / WWF

We launched a new program to protect critical habitat for Southeast Asian tigers in the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape. Your generous support is helping us train and equip more wildlife rangers to protect these majestic animals from poachers.


Thanks for an amazing 2018!

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