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Fight against species extinction – Australia wants to save its koalas and sea lions – News


The government wants to protect its animal and plant world with an action plan and prevent the dramatic extinction of species.

In the center Ten Year Action Plan Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek initially listed 110 species and 20 areas of particularly high nature value, such as South Australia’s Kangaroo Island and Kakadu National Park in the tropical north. AAP news agency reported that the species to be prioritized were selected by independent experts.

These include marsupials such as koalas and wombats, possums, the red-tailed black cockatoo, the Australian sea lion and the brush-tailed rock kangaroo. Various fish, frog and reptile species and 30 plant species are also listed.

Our previous approach didn’t work.

Species are threatened by climate change and loss of their natural habitat, among others. The objective of the action plan is to better conserve them and revive the endangered populations.

Especially small animals are also hunted by feral cats, which were introduced during colonial times and now contribute to the extinction of various species.

A tragic leader in species extinction

“Our previous approach didn’t work,” Labor Minister Plibersek said. “Australia World Leader in Mammal Extinction.” The need for action has never been greater.

Only in July did the Minister deliver a report on the State of the Australian Environment (Environment Report 2021) – with shocking statistics: 39 mammal species have become extinct in Australia since colonization in 1788. More than any other continent.

Since the report was published in 2016, 17 species of mammals, 17 species of birds and 19 species of frogs have been listed as threatened or classified as “critically endangered”.