Winton backs animal trust
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.”