Threat­ened fauna talk

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Friends of Grampians-gari­w­erd will host a talk about threat­ened fauna at Halls Gap on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The event will be in Parks Vic­to­ria’s mu­ral room at 4pm. Threat­ened Fauna Pro­gram leader Nick Cle­mann from the Arthur Ry­lah In­sti­tute for En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search will be guest speaker.

Group mem­ber Bill Gard­ner said earth was head­ing for a mass ex­tinc­tion event un­matched in 66 mil­lion years.

“Although charis­matic megafauna fea­ture in this ‘sixth ex­tinc­tion’, and get the lion’s share of at­ten­tion from the pub­lic, lesser known species make up the bulk of the losses, yet fare poorly in terms of con­ser­va­tion at­ten­tion and fund­ing,” he said.

“Rep­tiles are the least pop­u­lar of the ter­res­trial ver­te­brates, and are there­fore par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing to con­serve.”

Mr Gard­ner said Mr Cle­mann would out­line the ‘sixth ex­tinc­tion’ and how rep­tiles of south-eastern Australia ex­em­pli­fied this bio-catas­tro­phe.

“He will de­scribe the pro­cesses driv­ing losses of bio­di­ver­sity and the changes we must make to avoid mas­sive, ir­re­triev­able losses,” he said.

“To high­light the value of some our least pop­u­lar fauna, Nick will con­clude with the story of Venom Bank.”

Peo­ple can call David Steane on 0429 677 061 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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