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 Wildlife Queensland is Your Voice for Your Wildlife

We are Queensland’s longest-running non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving Queensland’s native wildlife and habitat. Together, we have encouraged governments to protect threatened habitats, from the coast to the rainforest, and have coordinated projects that conserve threatened species, educate communities and raise awareness of wildlife conservation issues.

years of wildlife conservation

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branches across Queensland

Our mission

Our mission is to advocate, protect and conserve Queensland’s native terrestrial and marine plants, animals and landscapes by educating and engaging communities, influencing decision-making, advancing solutions and connecting people and wildlife.

Our vision

People value, respect and support the conservation of Queensland’s native terrestrial and marine plants, animals, and landscapes.

Our story

Wildlife Queensland was co-founded in 1962 by Judith Wright, Brian Clouston, David Fleay and Kathleen McArthur.

The Society was founded to educate the community about wildlife and wildlife issues. Together, we continue to achieve this aim with our regular and special events, guest presentations, and publications, including our flagship magazine, Wildlife Australia.

We’ve spent six decades campaigning to create sanctuaries and protect plants and animals found nowhere else. Our successes include:

  • the gazetting of Cooloola National Park (now part of Great Sandy National Park) to save it from sandmining in 1975
  • rejecting drilling for oil in the Great Barrier Reef in 1978
  • banning the shooting of ducks and quail in Queensland in 2005
  • the rejection of the Traveston Crossing Dam in 2009
  • ending the sale of single-use plastic items in 2021
  • helping secure a threatened species recovery plan for the mahogany glider
  • stopping the whiptail wallaby from being shot commercially in our state
  • leading the movement to ban opera house-style yabby traps in Queensland.


Peter Ogilvie

Founder and poet Judith Wright, shown here with a furry friend, was the Society’s first president.

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Great Sandy National Park, Queensland

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