Fears for future of wildlife
MORE than two-thirds of Australians believe the country’s native wildlife extinction crisis will worsen, prompting calls for greater monitoring and protection of critical habitats.
Bush Heritage Australia recently commissioned a national survey which found 70 per cent of Aussies felt the number of native animals and plants they see in their lifetime would decrease.
However, the survey also found more than half of the respondents believed Australia could reverse the damage already done to the environment.
Ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, Bush Heritage Australia has emphasised that prevention is better than a cure approach — protecting keystone and indicator species before they go on the threatened list.
Head of science and conservation Dr Rebecca Spindler said Australia tended to prioritise species when they became endangered.
“By protecting keystone species, particularly in the landscape, they help do our job for us,” she said.