Australia is home to animals you can find hardly anywhere else on the planet: some nowhere else at all. Many of us have experienced wonder and delight when gazing — even in a photo — at animals like koalas, sugar gliders or spotted quolls, or have been lucky enough to hear the gurgling laughter of a kookaburra ring out across the bush.
But the fate of our iconic animals hangs in the balance.
Habitat destruction for a NSW quarry
In NSW, 52 hectares of crucial koala habitat will be destroyed to make room for a quarry expansion. The decision by Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has been met by grief and outrage, with predictions that these iconic native animals could be extinct in the state by 2050.
Caring Australians are speaking out — and you can add your voice for NSW koalas by signing this online petition.
Tree clearing for QLD cattle farming
A disturbing report from WWF and RSPCA QLD reveals that weakened tree-clearing laws in Queensland have placed these vulnerable animals right in the firing line. Enormous swathes of forest are being destroyed — and without trees to provide homes and food, koalas and other native animals can’t survive.
300,000 hectares of precious bushland was destroyed in a single year, at last count.
Almost all of this destruction in Queensland is being driven by a huge appetite for one thing: beef.