Threatened Species Day
Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. It is a time to reflect on what has happened in the past and how we can protect our threatened species in the future. A day to celebrate our success stories and ongoing threatened species recovery work.
View film clips of thylacines in captivity.
Why are threatened species important?
Native animals and plants are an important component of biodiversity. Once they become extinct they are gone forever. Today most species are threatened by habitat destruction and the invasion of non-native species. With effective management, however, almost all threatened species can be conserved for future generations.
Why promote threatened species?
To effectively manage threatened species in NSW, we need to be aware of how our activities could increase their risk of extinction and to support efforts to secure species in the wild. National Threatened Species Day is celebrated across the country to raise awareness of the plight of many species but also to highlight the amazing work that people are doing to save them.
We encourage everyone, whether you are a scientist, an artist, a business person, a sportsperson, an educator, work for local government or just love plants and animals, to do something to celebrate National Threatened Species Day and our unique threatened animals and plants.
What can I do to help threatened species?
A good place to start is learning more about what is happening in your local area and then beyond. You can find out about conservation projects and if you can help. Find out more about Saving Our Species, and take a short quiz to find out how much you know about our threatened animals and plants.
How can I celebrate National Threatened Species Day?
You can help raise awareness about the plight of threatened species by planning an activity like bush regeneration in your local area, or holding a talk at your club or school or holding an art exhibition. You can also join with other people interested in nature through other activities around the state. All we need from you is enthusiasm, initiative, and a willingness to share the common message of Saving Our Species.
Threatened Species Day 2016
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Page last updated: 07 September 2016