Threatened Species Week 2012
Threatened Species Week, 2–8 September, focuses attention on the problems faced by Australia’s threatened plants and animals, and encourages the community to actively make choices that help conserve our natural heritage.
Threatened Species Week is a time to reflect on the past, learn more about our threatened wildlife, and to celebrate successful projects led by scientists, rangers and community groups helping in the recovery of our threatened species.
Threatened species are those species considered to be at risk of extinction in the wild. Threatened species occur across all of Queensland. Approximately 1300 animals and plants are listed as presumed extinct, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened in Queensland. Of these species, about 420 are listed as threatened nationally.
The seventh of September marks an important date in our natural history.
On this day, 76 years ago, Australia tragically lost the last remaining Tasmanian tiger.
To commemorate the loss, this date is recognised nationally as National Threatened Species Day. This annual event highlights plant and animal species under threat and promotes recovery work being undertaken by researchers and community groups to prevent their slide to extinction.
Small changes in human behaviour can make a real difference to threatened species. This year, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection would like to encourage each of you to get involved for Threatened Species Week and show your support for our species in crisis.
Once again, the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane will come alive with a free event to celebrate National Threatened Species Day on Friday 7 September 2012. There will be displays, park rangers and live animal presentations between 8.30 am and 2.00 pm.
You are invited to come along to learn how you can help save Queensland’s threatened species. Find out more about other events throughout Queensland during Threatened Species Week and beyond.
Download The Flying Wombats Fun Book to learn more about the endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat.
What's being done to help our threatened species?
Do you know what some of our threatened species are or what is being done to help save them?
Use the map to explore interesting threatened species tales across the different bioregions of Queensland and learn more about our species in need.
- Brigalow Belt
- Cape York Peninsula
- Central Queensland Coast
- Channel Country
- Desert Uplands
- Einasleigh Uplands
- Gulf Plains
- Mitchell Grass Downs
- Mulga Lands
- New England Tablelands
- North West Highlands
- South East Queensland
- Wet Tropics
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