Threatened Species Day is 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 day when we turn the spotlight on native plants, animals and ecosystems that are under threat and reflect on how we can protect them into the future.
On Threatened Species Day we also celebrate our success stories and ongoing threatened species recovery work.
Watch film clips of thylacines in captivity that include the last film footage of the species.
Why are threatened species important?
Saving threatened species is important for a healthy and diverse environment. Once plants and animals 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 almost all threatened species can be protected.
Why promote threatened species?
Helping people understand the problems that cause plants and animals to become extinct can help us to effectively manage threatened species in NSW. Being aware of how our actions can increase the risk of species loss and curbing these activities will support conservation efforts to prevent species becoming extinct in the wild.
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 wildlife.
How can you help?
No matter what your background, age or expertise, you can get involved with conservation programs and help the recovery of threatened animals and plants. Learn more about how you, your school or community can get involved.