Australia is home to a diverse range of native flora and fauna, most of which occur nowhere else in the world. To date, at least 36 plant and 54 animal species have become extinct and 1,272 native plant species and 449 native fauna species are listed as threatened under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999. This number does not include the additional threatened species listed under state threatened species legislation. Despite our wealth, more mammals have become extinct than any other country. The Threatened Species Conservancy (TSC) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that is working to turn this around.
The TSC began in mid 2018. We are threatened species specialists who have a deep commitment to preventing further plant and animal extinctions. We endeavour to secure Australia’s threatened flora and fauna by working with local communities, government agencies and tertiary institutions to implement targeted on-ground actions and foster connections between people and the natural world. As longstanding practitioners of threatened species recovery, we have seen how our communities can improve the health of Australia’s treasured biodiversity. We have also witnessed the benefits to the community that engaging with nature can bring.
Over the past 20 years, funding for threatened species (particularly flora) has become more scarce. As an independent not-for-profit organisation, the TSC endeavours to buffer these fluctuations by accepting funding from government, corporate sponsorship, crowd-sourcing, consulting services and public donations. We endeavour to raise the profile of threatened species in Australia through thoughtful and targeted on-ground actions and community engagement.