Thylacines at Beaumaris zoo

Thylacine family at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, 1910 / Public Domain

National Threatened Species Day

7 September marks an important date in Australian history - the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger.


On 7 September each year, many people stop and reflect on the fact that on that same date in 1936, Australia’s Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), slipped over the extinction line.

Sixty years later in 1996, the Threatened Species Network founded by WWF-Australia and the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust established National Threatened Species Day to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo

National Threatened Species Day is a day when we shine a spotlight on all the Australian native animal and plant species that are facing similar fates to that of the Tasmanian tiger.

As a nation, we have the worst mammal extinction rate than any other country in the world. Since European settlement, we’ve lost over 10% of our land mammal species.


We stand to lose more of our precious animals unless urgent action is taken.


Over 518 native species are currently listed as threatened under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, and after the catastrophic bushfires in 2019-20 with nearly 3 billion animals impacted, many of these species are being pushed further towards extinction.

This National Threatened Species Day, it’s time to reflect on all the species we’ve lost and come together to protect what remains.

We all have a part to play in conserving Australia’s precious wildlife and their homes for generations to come.


National Threatened Species Day lockup logo 
A numbat emerges to start the day in the Dryandra Woodlands, Western Australia © John Lawson / WWF-Australia

© John Lawson / WWF-Australia

In Photos: Threatened native Australian animals

Australia is home to some of the world’s most unique and iconic wildlife species. Some that many may never even have heard of before!

Take a look at some of the native wildlife found only in Australia that are in desperate need of protection now more than ever.


What you can do

Read more about Australia’s threatened plants and animals and how we’re working towards ending the extinction crisis.



After the catastrophic Australian bushfires of 2019-20, WWF-Australia is working on the front lines with our partners to recover and restore what has been lost.

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Join thousands of Australians who want to protect the species at risk of extinction and urge the government to strengthen our national nature laws...

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Help WWF-Australia continue our vital work in protecting our wildlife and restoring their habitat after the catastrophic bushfires.

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