15 May 2023
Wildlife Queensland launched its end-of-financial-year appeal this week to raise money to continue monitoring, protecting and advocating for Queensland’s native wildlife. Please donate today to help us continue the vital work we’ve been delivering for over 60 years.
Today the stakes are higher than ever. Queensland’s wildlife faces devastating consequences as tree hollows, which serve as homes for many native animals, are disappearing due to the land-clearing rate. If Queensland were a country, it would have ranked ninth on the list of the most forest-clearing nations in 2019. The state continues to record the highest land-clearing rate in Australia, with more than 400,000 hectares destroyed in 2019-20.
It takes just a few hours to clear a hectare of forest that took decades to grow. That’s a hectare of wildlife homes effectively exterminated. As the Commonwealth State of the Environment report highlights, habitat loss is the main reason for extinction and biodiversity loss.
What are we doing to help threatened species?
Wildlife Queensland continues to fight for native wildlife and habitats by campaigning for diligent policing of existing environmental laws and the introduction of stronger laws. Out in the field, we continue to protect and conserve wildlife species such as spotted-tailed quolls and northern quolls, greater gliders and yellow-bellied gliders, brush-tailed rock-wallabies, platypus and Richmond birdwing butterflies.
To help wildlife living in tree hollows, our Queensland Glider Network has installed nest boxes in areas with limited hollow-bearing trees. They hope to re-establish threatened glider populations in areas where hollows are scarce, either because of their reduction through past management practices or in newly rehabilitated habitats.
“The main threats facing gliders are the reduction and fragmentation of their habitats, as well as the loss of connectivity between different glider populations,” said Wildlife Queensland’s Projects Manager, Matt Cecil.
Wildlife Queensland is revegetating cleared areas and planting tree corridors to reconnect populations of gliders and Richmond birdwing butterflies. But to continue our vital work, we need financial support from the community.
Help make a difference for Queensland’s wildlife
Please donate today to help Wildlife Queensland raise $60,000 to continue our vital work, such as field surveys to map species distribution and habitats, community events and awareness-raising, revegetation, weed removal, invasive pest management programs, influencing the government to strengthen environmental laws and outcomes.
Together, we can ensure that threatened species are given the chance to survive and that other species never find themselves on the threatened list. If we don’t act now, it may be too late. Giving generously before 30 June will help us continue protecting and conserving Queensland’s native wildlife.
Please help us secure a future for our native wildlife!