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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.

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Koalas face extinction by 2050.You can probably recall when you first caught a glimpse of a koala in our beautiful Aussie landscape – most likely taking a nap in a tree, since that’s usually the marsupial’s pose of choice!

But imagine a world where koalas simply didn’t exist; aren’t there to be admired by lucky Australians who see them in their nature habitat or even to make a shy appearance for the visitors who coo over them in wildlife parks.

But a world without koalas could be the reality if action isn’t taken now.

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Australian rat bounces back from the brink of extinction.

The search for a vulnerable native Australian rat species thought to have died out on a remote island has found the species thriving and confirmed an unlikely revival that is gaining momentum across the country.

The greater stick-nest rat, Leporillus conditor, was once abundant across semi-arid regions of southern Australia, including South Australia and parts of Western Australia and New South Wales.

However, competition for food from livestock and rabbits and the introduction of predators such as foxes and feral cats led to the greater stick-nest rat becoming extinct on the Australian mainland in the 1930s. Its cousin, the lesser stick-nest rat, is long extinct.

Photo : Kath Tuft.
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The mystery of why wombat poop is cube-shaped is finally solved.Of all the many mysteries that surround the wombat, it is hard to find one as baffling as its ability – broadly acknowledged as unique in the natural world – to produce faeces shaped like cubes.

Why the pudgy marsupials might benefit from six-faced faeces is generally agreed upon; wombats mark their territorial borders with fragrant piles of poo and the larger the piles the better. With die-shaped dung, wombats boost the odds that their droppings, deposited near burrow entrances, prominent rocks, raised ground and logs, will not roll away. That, at least, is the thinking.

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Blue-tongued lizards are on the move at this time of year, so here’s a few things you should know.

As the days get longer and warmer, it’s not just humans that are drawn out into the sunshine.Blue-tongued lizards are out and about, and it’s often hard to tell if they are fighting or mating.

The lizards are a common sight in backyards across south-eastern Australia, but they have some traits you may not be aware of.

Blue tongues, or blotched lizards, are also the subject of a number of myths when it comes to their bite and interaction with snakes.

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Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary buys back platypus habitat in Lake Cumbungi.

South Australia’s Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary’s new owners have bought back the neighbouring lake, part of the original platypus habitat, which includes three underwater observatories.

“When we first bought Warrawong, we realised the lake was such an integral part of the property, especially with regards to habitat for platypus, it was something we really wanted to get back,” he said.

“To finally have the lake is just incredible, we can really put the ecosystem back together now.”

An aerial view of Lake Cumbungi, which neighbours Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Our Guest Speaker is Brett Depper , District Manager, Queensland Boating & Fisheries Patrol from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Queensland Government).

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Did you know that globally, nature provides services worth around $125 trillion a year? Read more to learn about the state of our planet.

WWF’s Living Planet Report, which studies the serious impact human activity is causing to the world’s wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers, and climate, was recently released.

The results are worrying and show that in just over 40 years, global populations of vertebrate species have declined by 60 percent on average.

The biggest cause? Overexploitation and agriculture, which are both linked to continually increasing human consumption.

The agricultural industry is responsible for almost three quarters of tropical deforestation. The food system is not only the biggest user of land and water, it’s also the biggest single emitter of greenhouse gases. Watch the video.

While the results of the Living Planet Report are worrying, we are the last generation that can save nature. That includes governments, businesses, and individuals like you uniting to make a positive difference for our shared home, and shifting to a more sustainable way of life.

If we give nature a chance, it can bounce back.

The human race – the most incredible species on the planet with the power to create wonders and terrors. It’s time to be responsible for the health of our only home, which we depend on. Watch the video today.


The Living Planet Report in the news

This is the ‘last generation’ that can save nature.
60% of world’s wildlife has been wiped out since 1970.

More ways to get involved

We all need water to survive

Freshwater ecosystems are the most threatened on the planet and as WWF’s Living Planet Report shows, the abundance of freshwater species worldwide has declined by 83% since 1970. The situation is no different in Europe. Nature can recover remarkably fast when simply given the chance. But we need to act now to protect water!

The most important conference for nature

We’re living in an era of unprecedented nature loss, highlighting the need for urgent action to secure the future of our planet. From 17-29 November 2018, COP14 will be taking place in Egypt, where discussions on the state of nature and biodiversity loss will be taking place. This will be an important step towards our goal to secure a new deal for people and nature in the year 2020. Sign up to get the latest updates.

Discover more about WWF’s 6 global goals

and 3 cross-cutting drivers

WWF’s work

To Friends of Protected Areas

We Love Parks

NPAQ along with WWF and TWS and many conservation groups, including QCC,  thank you in advance for participating in the Protecting Queensland Campaign – to build a world-leading protected area system for Queensland!

It’s been months in the making with numerous conservation groups and countless great people providing input.

Download the Media Release:
Queensland protected area alliance position paper (NPAQ Conservation)


Most wildlife-rich state in Australia is now seriously at risk, and immediate action is needed to grow and better manage protected areas.

The associated environmental groups have today released a new six-point plan calling on the Palaszczuk Government to act urgently on protected areas, as Queensland increasingly lags behind other states.


Respect Ramsar – Birdlife Australia
Despite over 1500 submissions calling for the Ramsar wetlands at Toondah Harbour to be protected, the Australian Government has failed to reject the latest Toondah Harbour development proposal.

A proposal that will see high-rises and a marina built on Ramsar wetlands and will significantly endanger Eastern Curlew feeding habitat.

The proposal now moves to the next stage of the approval process and is one step away from setting a dangerous precedent for future developments within Australia’s 66 other Ramsar sites.

Join our campaign calling on the Australian Government to #RespectRamsar and uphold our international commitments.

Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling some of Australia’s Ramsar listed sites to highlight what is at stake if the development at Toondah Harbour progresses.

Every state and territory has at least one Ramsar site, with many only a short drive from major city centres. You may have visited one of these sites and not even have known that it was internationally recognised as one of the world’s most important sites.

What happens at Toondah Harbour could open the rest of these sites up to future developments and will send a clear message to Australia and the international community that developing within Ramsar wetlands is justifiable and achievable.

Too much is at stake.

Please, join us in letting the Minister of Environment know that Australian’s want Ramsar sites respected.

Thank you for raising your voice,

Andrew Hunter

Conservation Campaigner

Birdlife Australia