Australia is facing an invasive species led extinction crisis.
Research by 12 ecologists has revealed a disturbing truth, that invasive species are driving more than 80 per cent of our most vulnerable native plants and animals towards extinction.
That’s right, 1257 of Australia’s listed threatened species are now on death row because of environmental invaders like feral cats, rabbits, weeds and the killer plant disease Phytophthora.
It’s heartbreaking, but we’ve listed every one of them on our extinction crisis poster, which you can download for free.
The research was led by the University of Queensland’s Stephen Kearney and paints a grim future for Australia’s native plants and animals if we don’t throw everything we’ve got at one of nature’s greatest and most immediate threats, invasive species.
Some of our Aussie battlers, like the mountain pygmy-possum, are easy to love, they fit our idea of cute, beautiful, iconic or precious. Others, like the Christmas Island red crab, might be harder to love, but their survival is just as important.
Our voice has never been stronger in the halls of Canberra and at a state level, but we need to grow stronger. In the past 12 months alone we have:
These wins have been massive gains in the fight against invasive species and demonstrate that we can work with all sides of politics at all levels of government.
None of this would have been possible without the financial aid of our supporters, people who understand the huge threat invasive species pose to Australia’s incredible, but vulnerable, native plants and wildlife.
Let’s not forget what we’re fighting for – four out of every five threatened Australian native species are being driven towards extinction by feral animals, weeds and diseases, and the situation will worsen.
Any donation you can make today will help us step up our fight against invasive species and make our voice even stronger right across Australia. We must put a stop to Australia’s extinction crisis!