Iconic species

Iconic species are socially, culturally and economically important, and the community expects them to be effectively managed and protected.

The Saving our Species program has projects in place to protect 8 iconic species in New South Wales.

These strategic projects align with the program's two main objectives – to maximise the number of threatened species secure in the wild in New South Wales for 100 years and to control the key threats facing our most vulnerable plants and animals.

Find out how we are helping our iconic species

Greater bilby, Macrotis lagotis

Bilby

Through habitat loss and competition with introduced animals, the number of these small mammals has dramatically reduced over the last 100 years.

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Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) is one of our iconic threatened species

Wollemi pine

This critically endangered tree was presumed to have become extinct millions of years ago until it was rediscovered in New South Wales during the 90s.

Learn more about the Wollemi pine

View the Saving our Species conservation strategy

Read the national recovery plan

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata), an iconic threatened species, in the Nymagee area of NSW

Malleefowl

The malleefowl is a large, distinctive, ground-dwelling bird. Most easily seen at their nest mound, this species usually quietly walks away from observers and rarely flies.

Learn more about the malleefowl

View the Saving our Species conservation strategy

Read the national recovery plan

Brush-tailed rock wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) is endangered in NSW

Brush-tailed rock-wallaby

The brush-tailed rock-wallaby is a highly agile macropod, with a characteristic long and bushy tail.

Learn more about the brush-tailed rock-wallaby

View the Saving our Species conservation strategy

Read the national recovery plan

Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree)

Southern corroboree frog

Corroboree frogs are Australia's most iconic amphibian species, easily recognisable by their bold yellow and black stripes.

Learn more about the southern corroboree frog

View the Saving our Species conservation strategy

Read the latest news about the frog

The plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus) is now an iconic threatened species in NSW

Plains-wanderer

The plains-wanderer is a small quail-like bird with straw-yellow legs and bills. The bird has declined in numbers greatly since European settlement.

Learn more about the plains-wanderer

View the Saving our Species conservation strategy

Bridled Nailtailed Wallaby or Flashjack Onychogalea fraenata, marsupial macropod

Bridled nail-tail wallaby

The bridled nail-tail wallaby is a medium-sized macropod which is presumed extinct in New South Wales.

Learn more about the bridled nail-tail wallaby