Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private owner of land for conservation in Australia (and one of the largest in the world). AWC owns and manages 29 properties protecting endangered wildlife across 6.5 million hectares (16.1 million acres) in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Lake Eyre and the Top End. Recognising that 'business as usual' for conservation in Australia will mean additional extinctions, AWC is developing and implementing a new model for conservation.
AWC was formed because Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world and existing approaches to conservation are failing to halt and reverse the decline in our wildlife.
Almost 80% of AWC’s staff are based in the field, delivering practical, on-ground land management to control feral animals; manage fire and eradicate weeds. In the last five years, the AWC science program has generated over 150 peer-reviewed publications. The proportion of AWC staff based in the field is much higher than other comparable organisations.
AWC is delivering measurable increases in the wild populations of Australia’s most endangered species. For example, the population of Bilbies, Numbats, Woylies, Bridled Nailtail Wallabies and Purple-crowned Fairy wrens on AWC properties have increased even though these species are declining elsewhere.
The AWC estate protects a very high proportion of Australia’s terrestrial biodiversity including:
71% of all terrestrial mammal species
86% of all terrestrial bird species
around 50% of all reptile and frog species