Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day is commemorated across the country on 7 September to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) eating fresh eucalypt leavesAustralia 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.

Threatened Species Day events and activities

Kangaroos near Bossiaea fragrans, captured by DigiVolVolunteer online

Did you know you can help our threatened species from the comfort of your home? Through the SEED Citizen Science Hub, you can safely explore environmental projects, connect with like-minded people and stay up to date with the latest citizen science projects and events.

Spotted-tail Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)How is Saving our Species helping

Watch videos about some of the recent Saving our Species projects and how they are helping NSW threatened plants and animals.

About Threatened Species Day

Tasmanian tiger also known as the thylacine

Threatened Species Day was declared in 1996 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936.

Threatened Species Day is a time to reflect on what happened in the past and how similar fates to the thylacine could await other native plants and animals unless appropriate action is taken.

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.