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.

View film clips of thylacines in captivity, including the last film footage of the species.

Why are threatened species important?

Threatened species are an important component of biodiversity. Once they become extinct they are gone forever. Today most species become threatened because of habitat destruction and the invasion of non-native species. With effective management, however, almost all threatened species can be saved.

September is National Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity month is held in September each year. It promotes the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity in Australia and around the world. Find out more about protecting Australia's biodiversity.

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Page last updated: 13 December 2013