Right across Australia, native animals that are important to Australia’s ecosystem are declining at an alarming rate
Four species of quolls occur in Australia and at one time, most parts of the country were inhabited by at least one of these. Sadly, all quoll
species have dramatically declined in numbers since European settlement, due mainly to habitat loss and introduced predators such as foxes
Right now, the Eastern, Spotted-tail and Northern Quoll are all listed nationally as Endangered… and the Western Quoll is listed as Vulnerable. The Eastern Quoll, once widespread throughout south-eastern Australia, has been extinct on the mainland since the 1960s.
Why is this important? Like us, I’m sure you want to protect and preserve all our native fauna and the habitats in which they live, for future
generations to enjoy. And no doubt you want to prevent any further extinction of our native mammals, of which there have been 14 in just the
past 50 years!
But there are practical reasons too behind FNPW’s efforts to save Australia’s threatened species. Quolls play a really important role in the ecosystem. As predators of small mammals, they aid in the control of small mammal populations. They also eat carrion, thus cleaning the environment. And they even have a positive economic importance for humans, benefiting agriculture by removing insect pests.
Similarly, freshwater turtles keep water quality high in our river systems. They’re scavengers that get rid of all the dead fish and any other
rotting animals in rivers, keeping them clean. Murray River turtles have declined by 90% in the last 40 years and in some areas, they are extinct.
Unless urgent action is taken the entire population could be wiped out.
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is working with scientists, schools, government, and communities along the Murray to implement a solution that will help save this unique iconic species. And in the Mount Lofty Ranges, we’re working with local partners to restore wildlife corridors that will reconnect genetically isolated bandicoot populations, so they can intermingle and ensure their survival. Your support is allowing us to address these urgent problems and as a result, you’re not just saving beautiful animals. In fact, you’re helping to save Australia’s ecosystem.
Did you know there were once eight species of bandicoot living in southern Australia? … now there’s just one. Only the Southern Brown Bandicoot
can still be found in this large region and that too is endangered. In fact, its numbers have been on a steady decline in recent years.
Why is this important? Like us, I’m sure you want to protect and preserve all our native fauna and the habitats in which they live, for future generations to enjoy.
But there are practical reasons too behind FNPW’s efforts to save Australia’s threatened species. Bandicoots for example, play a really important role in the health of soil. They excel at digging. In fact, a southern brown bandicoot can excavate over 3.9 tonnes of soil per year! That digging aerates the earth and brings deep soils and their nutrients to the surface. These ‘ecosystem engineers’ mix and trap organic matter and other materials, increasing nutrient turnover.
That’s just one important job that’s falling by the wayside as our digging mammals decline in number. Thousands of native animals need our help to survive the threat posed by species introduced by humans at some stage in our history.
Together, we can give them a future. Please donate today.
CEO – Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife
Make your online donation today!
P.S. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.