Fears for future of wildlife

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - DOMANII CAMERON

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.

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