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Threatened Species - Extinction is Forever

“Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Over the last 200 years, more than 100 animal and plant species have become extinct. In NSW alone there are close to 1000 animal and plant species at risk of extinction.” NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

In the last 18 months WIRES has helped over 2,500 animals from the following threatened species: powerful owls, grey-headed flying-foxes, koalas, spotted-tailed quolls, eastern pygmy-possums and mountain pygmy-possums. For more information please see our 'Our Special flora & Fauna/Our Special Places' infosheet. 

Threatened species are those whose populations have been declining at such a rate that the future of the species is considered at risk. Threatened species are classified into one of four groups – species presumed extinct, critically endangered (at immediate risk of extinction), endangered (at high risk of extinction in the near future) and vulnerable (at high risk of extinction in the medium term).

Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day is held on the 7th of September every year. The day commemorates the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936. It is a time to reflect on what happened in the past and how we can protect our threatened species in the future.

Once a species becomes extinct they are gone forever. Most species under threat are in danger as a result of habitat destruction and the invasion of non-native species. Almost all threatened species can be conserved for future generations if we all work together. 

It is a reminder that native animals need our dedicated and ongoing support. With the number of threatened species climbing, the active role WIRES play, rescuing and caring for threatened species is imperative and it is community support that makes it possible

How can you help?

If you would like to help WIRES care for threatened and non-threatened native animals today you can:

  1. Make a donation 
  2. Volunteer with WIRES
  3. Join our Virtual Carer program 

WIRES Virtual Carers are monthly donors who make a difference for wildlife every day. They are an invaluable part of WIRES team and receive regular videos showing them a unique insight into the rescue and care work they make possible. 

With your help we can keep our native animals in the wild where they belong. Your partnership is priceless as is the impact we can have on the lives of the animals that need us.