Extinction is forever – act now on threatened species day

Extinction is forever – act now on threatened species day
Wednesday, 2 September, 2015
Sydney, AU


  • Australia has the dubious honour of having the worst species extinction rate in the world.
  • Since European settlement began, just over 200 years ago, 18 species of mammals and about 100 species of plants have become extinct.
  • Currently about 40 species of mammals and many hundreds of species of plants are threatened with extinction.
  • The IUCN Red List shows 916 Australian plants and animals listed internationally as threatened species  These species are listed as being vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.  Another 459 species are listed as 'near threatened’  – the time to act is NOW.


  • The Brink is an initiative from an alliance of conservation organisations. The aim of the BRINK is to have one consistent voice on the need for decisive action on Threatened Species Day.  This year’s focus is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.
  • There are only about 200 Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats remaining. This figure is dire, but when you consider that in the 1980s there were only 35 animals, progress has been made. Despite the success of this conservation action, this species remains on the brink of extinction; they are one of the rarest mammals in the world.
  • Most of these 200 wombats live in one location in Queensland and could literally be wiped off the face of the earth if there was a disaster such as a devastating bushfire or contagious disease.
  • The most effective thing we can do to help the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat is to contact the Australian and Queensland Environment ministers, and ask them to help in ways that support the latest recovery plan for the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat – simply click here https://www.thebrink.org.au/action-pack.html

WHEN:   Monday 7th September 2015.


The following Brink Committee Members are available for interviews:

The Wombat Foundation,  Jacqui Mills, Director  –  0415 640 211

Australian Wildlife Society – Patrick Medway AM, Chief Executive Officer - 0402 435 048

The BRINK -  Steve Amesbury, Coordinator – 0402 282 708

IFAW, Josey Sharrad, Native Wildlife Campaigner – 0451 025 611

Notes to editors:

  • Pictures and infographics are also available.
  • Click on The Brink for further information.

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Josey Sharrad (IFAW AU)
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0451 025 611