Lyrebirds are both beautiful and sometimes fierce! They have to be because they’re up against a lot.
Females take four or five years to begin breeding and prefer long-unburnt vegetation, where they lay only one egg each year. And both baby and mum are targets for a whole host of predators, even when the undergrowth is thick and protective.
Now, with so much of their forest homes burnt, they’re in desperate need of refuge. With the summer fires destroying vital vegetation, lyrebird populations may be impacted for decades.
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Extinction Nation -Recommended viewing:
The fight to save Australia’s endangered species.
“It’s about as bad as it can get, without them literally all being dead.” Bird ecologist
Australia boasts a stunning array of unique wildlife. They feature on our coat of arms and they’re placed front and centre in our tourism campaigns. But the reality is, many of our native animals are in danger.
“It’s embarrassing being involved with wildlife, to be an Australian, to have this record of extinction.” Conservation sanctuary owner
Australia has one of the worst extinction rates on the planet and the problem is growing. There are currently more than 500 animal species under threat.
“If we can’t bring ourselves to care…then what about the next thing, and what about the next thing after that? Where’s the end point of that attitude?” Conservation ecologist
On Monday Four Corners investigates how Australia has found itself in the midst of an extinction crisis.
“Our system for protecting threatened species in this country is fundamentally broken.” Conservation activist
There is heated debate over who is responsible and what lengths governments should go to, to save these threatened species.
“It’s not about waving a chequebook at the levels of threatened species. It’s about sensible funding, which we do.” Environment Minister
Four Corners goes into the field with leading scientists and conservation volunteers to document first hand the fight to save these wild creatures. Our camera captures precious pictures of some of these endangered animals.
“It is rare to see them at all but to have posing like that for us was a gift…just wonderful.” Volunteer conservationist
With money in short supply, many rescue efforts are reliant on volunteers and crowd funding,
“If volunteers like us weren’t doing it, it just wouldn’t be done and the animals would be going extinct.” Volunteer conservationist
Ecologists say these species are just as priceless as a work of art and should be protected in the same way.
“You wouldn’t go burn the Mona Lisa because you could. You’d put it somewhere and keep it safe.” Bird ecologist
They warn that species extinction will have consequences for us all.
“We are an interconnected ecosystem. It’s going to actually start having knock on effects to us as well and our society and in a whole range of ways.” Conservation activist
Extinction Nation, reported by Stephanie March, goes to air on Monday 24th June at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 25th June at 1.00pm and Wednesday 26th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.
Tonight Wednesday 19th October 2019
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We’ve teamed up with seasoned investigative journalist Michael West to lift the lid on the toxic stranglehold that Big Coal has over our political system.
We didn’t anticipate the scale of what we uncovered: a secretive network behind coal’s dirty power that has infiltrated Australia federal government to its core.
Watch and share to expose, and find out more here: act.gp/dirtypower
Exclusive: we've teamed up with seasoned investigative journalist Michael West to lift the lid on the toxic stranglehold…