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.
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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.