ESSA ON FLINDERS ISLAND
COVID BOARDER RESTRICTIONS
Due to Australia’s Covid outbreak , lockdowns and State and Territory border closures, we have been forced to temporarily postpone our Australia wide project until travel restrictions and borders are lifted and we can once again continue this very important project.
During these lock down periods, ESSA volunteer our services to needy farmers who required assistance during these difficult times, so we are currently located on Flinders Island, Tasmania. Here we will endeavour to inform on the various endangered species on the islands.
To all our supporters and valuable sponsors, we will continue to promote your products and services to the local community whenever possible. Thank you for your continued support.
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This extremely important awareness project will extend over a five year period which will cover many parts of Australia from the coastal areas to the vast desert regions. We will meet with many people from all walks of life who will assist in sharing their valuable knowledge on the local endangered species. This will assist us to share this information, beautiful photos and films with our valued supporters.
Kevin Hughes has had a passion for Australian Native Animals for some years which began when he worked as a commercial pilot for the Wirrimanu Aboriginal Community in Balgo, Western Australia – the base being located at Halls Creek, a few hours drive North of Balgo. The Indigenous Elders of the area where a huge influence on the desire to learn and assist Australian wildlife.
Having serviced in the military within Australia and Overseas, as a Firefighter in Brisbane and a professional pilot worldwide, he has fulfilled many of his goals. In 2017, Kevin was awarded a Bravery Medal (BM) by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, AC (Mil) CVO, MC (Retd). After 12 months of extensive planning, he formed Endangered Species Supporters Australia (EESA) with the assistance of family, friends and sponsors. This involves travelling to as many parts of Australia as possible over a 5-year time frame to ensure people from all walks of life are aware of the critical numbers of some of Australia’s wonderful species.
Endangered Species Supporters Australia is proud to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respect to elders both past, present and emerging, and are committed to, and inspired by, indigenous Australia. In acknowledging country, we commit to the relentless pursuit of a united Australia.
The conservation of endangered species is important for humans as well.
“Australia should and must strive to be a world leader in the preservation of all native creatures, we must ensure that tomorrow the children of our planet enjoy as rich as inheritance as we received today.”
– Val Lehman
The diversity of Australian wildlife is under threat
Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. It is home to more than one million species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Approximately 85 per cent of flowering plants, 84 per cent of mammals, 45 per cent of birds and 89 per cent of inshore freshwater fish are unique to Australia. Scientists have identified more than 140 species of marsupials.
There are a number of threats to Australia’s biodiversity including habitat destruction and degradation, climate change and ruination by introduced species. More than 310 species of native animals and over 1180 species of native plants are at risk of disappearing forever. (Figures supplied by Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)