Win­ton backs an­i­mal trust

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS FIGHTING THE FERAL INVASION -

THIS coun­try’s fauna is unique thanks to a hun­dred mil­lion years of iso­la­tion, but in­ten­sive work in un­der­stand­ing it is re­quired if Aus­tralia is to hold on to its nat­u­ral as­sets.

That was the mes­sage from Tim Demp­ster, from the school of bio­sciences at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne, and au­thor Tim Win­ton as they launched the Na­tive Aus­tralian An­i­mals Trust, of which Win­ton is pa­tron.

The new phil­an­thropic trust will ini­tially fo­cus on north­ern Aus­tralia, where small mam­mals are par­tic­u­larly in­der stress.

“The north faces some wicked prob­lems al­ready, like in­va­sive species, cli­mate change, habitat loss,” said Win­ton, who flew to Mel­bourne for last week’s launch. “I’m at Tim Demp­ster’s desk and there’s a skull of a fresh­wa­ter crocodile in front of me. Tim says it had a cane toad in its mouth.”

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