Alliance to conserve the coastal emu

Government agencies, locals and businesses on the NSW North Coast have formed an alliance to help a population of emus that is under threat.

Emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae), Cocoparra National Park

Although the emu is not listed as a threatened species, the last emu population in coastal New South Wales is listed as an endangered population.

Once abundant on the NSW North Coast, there now may be less than 100 birds remaining. The decline in the population is thought to be caused by rapid development, loss of habitat, and key pressures such as changes to fire regimes, vehicle collision, predation and wildfires.

Saving our Species has joined forces with the Coastal Emu Alliance to conserve this unique bird.

Surprisingly difficult to spot, a detection dog is being used to sniff out coastal emus as part of conservation efforts.