Spotlight on threatened species

National Threatened Species Day raises awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction and the people who work to protect them.

Preparing to release a brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale pencillata), Kangaroo Valley
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.

Threatened Species Day is 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.

The day also celebrates the amazing work that is being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts.