2020 is off to a challenging start, but our hard work and progress continues in the field.
Despite drought, fire, floods and a pandemic, we remain committed to building upon the incredible achievements of 2019, made possible by our generous supporters.
Paving the way for an ambitious 2020, some truly incredible milestones were achieved in 2019 for Australia’s wildlife and habitat:
- Our total conservation area (managed alone or in partnership) expanded to 6.5 million hectares.
- A new and innovative partnership with Bullo River Station was established, delivering a positive return on investment for both a commercial pastoralist and wildlife.
- A new partnership with Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation began, delivering conservation across 1.73 million hectares (4.3 million acres) of the Kimberley.
- 9,400 hectares at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary was declared completely free of feral cats and foxes.
- 9,570 hectares was protected by a new fence at Mallee Cliffs National Park, in partnership with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service as part of the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program.
- Mala were released into the Stage 1 (9,400 hectares) feral cat and fox-free area at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Bridled Nailtail Wallabies were reintroduced to the Pilliga State Conservation Area, as part of the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program.
- In partnership with NSW NPWS, Bilbies were restored to Mallee Cliffs National Park, a century after going regionally extinct – another project completed as part of the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program.
- Additional Eastern Pygmy Possums and Brown Antechinus were released at North Head in Sydney, under our partnership with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
- Additional Red-tailed Phascogales, Greater Stick-nest Rats and Western Barred Bandicoots were released at Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary.
- AWC ecologists and volunteers carried out more than 223,000 trap nights.
- AWC scientists undertook or hosted over 100 scientific research projects.
- 10,976 feral herbivores removed.
- 235 feral cats removed.
The scale of our activities over the past 12 months demonstrates the positive impact donations are making in the field.
Looking forward, we are focused on achieving more fantastic outcomes in 2020 – despite the enormous challenges we all face at this time.
We will continue to run Australia’s largest (non-government) feral animal control, field science and fire management programs as priorities.
With our 2020 burn plans now complete, AWC land managers and Indigenous partners have already started prescribed burning in northern Australia, aiming to minimise destructive wildfire across more than 7 million hectares.
2020 will also see our network of fenced feral-free refuges expand.
Plans are underway to construct a feral-free refuge in north Queensland to protect Northern Bettongs, while a 13.8 hectare fenced area has been constructed to protect endangered Kangaroo Island Dunnarts in partnership with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife and the Doube family.
Thank you for your support.