Everybody agrees on what extinction is, but they differ in their identification of the various stages leading to extinction.
The main reason that animals and plants become extinct or threatened is due to habitat loss and change. Their habitat contains everything our animals require to survive – space , light, food, shelter and a place to breed.
Many conservation organisations have their own classification criteria for determining a species extinction threat level. Everybody agrees on what extinction is, but they differ in their identification of the various stages leading to extinction.
The world-wide organisation for determining the status of an animal species is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCNN). This body regularly publishes its RED LIST of Threatened Species. In Australia, various federal and state environmental protection agencies also publish their own lists. The Australian Department of Environment Endangered Australian Animals List identifies many Australian native animals are endangered and threatened with extinction.
Nearly 1 in 3 of our unique mammals is at risk of extinction
The Tasmanian Tiger is a prominent example of a recent extinct Australian animal. The last supposedly died in captivity in 1936.
The approximate number of Endangered Australian Animals is:- Critical 57, Endangered 161, Vulnerable 196 and Extinct 54+.
The conservation of endangered species is important for humans as well. A well-balanced ecosystem purifies the environment, giving us clean air to breathe, a healthy water system to support diverse marine life, and arable land for agricultural production.
The main focus of our project is awareness and education: awareness on how critical some of Australia’s species are heading towards extinction. This is the message we hope to convey to as many people as possible.