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Threatened Species in Australia

Threatened Species in Australia (Pictured: Leadbeater's Possum, Quokka, Powerful Owl, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Barred Galaxias, Yellow-bellied Glider, Growling Grass Frog, Giant Freshwater Crayfish)

Australia is facing a biodiversity crisis, over 500 species are listed as threatened under the Federal Environmental Preservation and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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Glossy Black Cockatoo

Glossy Black Cockatoo by Maureen Goninan

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus lathami, is the smallest of the five black-cockatoos. Populations have declined, with local extinctions and range contraction mainly caused by habitat clearing.

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Rewilding

Trophic Cascades via Wikimedia

Rewilding is large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species.

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Powerful Owl

Powerful Owl via Coal Point Progress Association

The Powerful Owl, Ninox Strenua, is Australia's largest owl. It lives mainly in tall, humid forests but can also be found in semi-arid areas.

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Helmeted Honeyeater

HeHo by David Hack

The Helmeted Honeyeater, popularly known as the HeHo, is Victoria's bird emblem. HeHos live in swamp forests in Victoria's East and are critically endangered, with a wild population of only 150.

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Growling Grass Frog

Growling Grass Frog by Tereza T via Wikipedia
The Growling Grass Frog, Litoria raniformis, once widespread around Victoria now exists in isolated pockets in the greater Melbourne area and South-West, Central and Eastern Victoria.

Mountain Pygmy Possum

Mountain Pygmy Possum by David Hack

The Mountain Pygmy Possum is Australia's only hibernating marsupial. It lives in Victoria's highlands and spends 6 months of the year hibernating and the rest frolicking in the high plains. 

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Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater by Tim Dolby

​The Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia, closely related to the wattlebird, is a critically endangered native pollenator that has suffered greatly from land clearing and degradation.

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Yellow-bellied Glider

Blossom, a Yellow-bellied Glider Joey via Taronga Zoo

The Yellow-bellied Glider lives along the East coast of Australia, from Northern Queensland to Victoria. Although it's not currently listed as threatened, its habitat is being decimated in Victoria's alpine areas and populations in NSW are facing extinction

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