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Our Wildlife

There is much more to Australian wildlife than kangaroos and cockatoos. In fact, Australia is home to 570,000 terrestrial and marine species, which are part of a global ecosystem containing close to 11 million species*.

Plant a Tree for Me! is a national initiative that addresses the growing number of Australian animals and native plants facing extinction.

Plant a Tree for Me! supports a range of native and iconic species, which are socially, culturally and economically important to Australians, and that need protection. For Koala’s, habitat loss has been identified as the biggest threat to survival – Koalas lose both food and shelter and a place to breed. If nothing is done to protect and reconnect koala habitat, population declines will continue and extinction is sadly inevitable. 

Plant a Tree for Me! is rehabilitating previously cleared land to create koala corridors in South East Queensland to improve koala habitat and connectivity of wildlife corridors through community tree planting events. The revegetation and plantings will also benefit other wildlife, as a diverse range of local native seedlings will be planted to replicate bushland that existed prior to clearing. 

Find out about the wildlife species that Plant a Tree for Me! is working towards protecting:

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Corangamite Water Skink

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Corangamite Water Skink (Eulamprus tympanum marnieae)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Melicytus Leucopogon Baeckea

Confined to the Dreeite region of south-western Victoria, near Lakes Bolac, Colac and Corangamite. The current distribution includes 29 sites, probably representing at least 11 different populations. READ MORE


Gilbert's Potoroo

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Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii)

Status: Critically Endangered

Habitat = Melaleuca Allocasuarina Leucopogon

Gilbert's Potoroo is endemic to south-west Western Australia and is known to occur in the wild at one very small site on the Mt Gardner headland in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. The species was thought to be extinct from the early 1900s, until it was rediscovered in 1994 on the Mt Gardner headland. The extent of occurrence for Gilbert's Potoroo is estimated to be 8km² and its area of occupancy is less than 5km². READ MORE


Glossy Black Cockatoo

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Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Allocasuarina Eucalyptus Acacia

The extreme dependence of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Kangaroo Island) on Drooping Sheoak for food makes this subspecies highly vulnerable to any process that might reduce the extent or availability of Drooping Sheoak dominated habitats. READ MORE


Grey-headed Flying-fox

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Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

Status: Vulnerable

Habitat = Eucalyptus Angophora Moraceae (ficus) Syzygium

The Grey-headed Flying-fox is Australia's only endemic flying-fox and occurs in the coastal belt from Rockhampton in central Queensland to Melbourne in Victoria . However, only a small proportion of this range is used at any one time, as the species selectively forages where food is available. At a local scale, the species is generally present intermittently and irregularly. The species occurs at a higher latitude than any other megabat species . READ MORE


Koala

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Koala (Phascolarctes cinereus)

Status: Vulnerable

Habitat = Eucalyptus Leptospermum Melaleuca

Koala habitat can be broadly defined as any forest or woodland containing species that are known Koala food trees. The distribution of this habitat is largely influenced by land elevation, annual temperature and rainfall patterns, soil types and the resultant soil moisture availability and fertility. Preferred food and shelter trees are naturally abundant on fertile clay soils. READ MORE


Mahogany Glider

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Mahogany Glider (Petaurus gracilis)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Eucalyptus Acacia Melaleuca

Mahogany Gliders are restricted to lowland eucalypt woodlands. The woodland vegetation is shaped and maintained by fire and dominated by eucalypts and Acacias. The gliders need open vegetation structure needs for gliding. READ MORE


Mary River Turtle

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Mary River Turtle (Elusor macrurus)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Eucalyptus Melicytus Syzygium

The Mary River Turtle is endemic to the Mary River in south-eastern Queensland. Populations are known to occur in major tributaries and the main channel of the Mary River including Yabba and Tinana Creeks, Gunalda, Miva and Tiaro. READ MORE


Mountain Pygmy-possum

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Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Eucalypts Baeckea Podocarpus

The shrubby heathland associated with Mountain Pygmy-possum habitat is characterised by the Mountain Plum Pine and other shrubs. Mountain Pygmy-possums occur in areas above the tree line however the seeds of Snow Gums, Eucalyptus pauciflora, are included in their diet if available. Trees also contribute to snow and hydrologic dynamics in habitat areas and provide access points to the snow surface through snow melt circles. READ MORE


Northern Quoll

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Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Melaleuca Eucalyptus Ficus

The Northern Quoll was historically common across northern Australia, occurring almost continuously from the Pilbara, Western Australia, to near Brisbane, Queensland. The Northern Quoll now occurs in five regional populations across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia both on the mainland and on offshore islands. READ MORE


Numbat

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NUMBAT (Myrmecobius fasciatus)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Eucalypts Malaleuca Allocasuarina

The Numbat was originally widespread across southern semi-arid and arid Australia, from western New South Wales through South Australia and southern Northern Territory to the south-west of Western Australia. There are currently two native remnant populations in Western Australia and several reintroduced populations. READ MORE


Orange-bellied Parrot

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Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster)

Status: Critically endangered

Habitat = Eucalypts Acacia Leptospermum

The current distribution of the Orange-bellied Parrot during its breeding season is a coastal strip of south-western Tasmania. Old records indicate that the Orange-bellied Parrot's Tasmanian distribution was wider in the past, indicated by records of clutches of eggs collected in 1898 and 1899, at locations 100 km inland from their current breeding location. READ MORE


Quokka

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Quokka (Setonix brachyurus)

Status: Vulnerable

Habitat = Melaleuca Eucalyptus Acacia

The Quokka is confirmed from ten locations, in which there are seven distinct sub-populations. All populations are considered important for the long-term survival of the species. However, mainland populations are particularly important as they contain the highest levels of genetic diversity. READ MORE


Southern Cassowary

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Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Ficus Syzygium Podocarpus

The Southern Cassowary occurs in Cape York and the Wet Tropics. In Cape York, it occurs in two areas: the northern Cape York Peninsula and the eastern Cape York Peninusula. In the Wet Tropics, it occurs between Cooktown and Townsville, being distributed throughout the coastal, hinterland and tableland areas. READ MORE


Spotted Tree Frog

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Spotted Tree Frog (Litoria spenceri)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Leptospermum Melaleuca Baeckea

The Spotted Tree Frog is restricted predominantly to the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, from the Central Highlands of Victoria to Mount Kosciuszko, New South Wales, at altitudes of 200 to 1100m. The species is now believed to be extinct in four of the 21 streams in which it occurred, and has declined substantially in distribution and abundance along most others. READ MORE


Wedge-tailed Eagle

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Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi)

Status: Endangered

Habitat = Eucalyptus Acacia Melaleuca

The Wedge-tailed Eagle (Tasmanian) inhabits coastal, lowland and highland regions. It uses a wide variety of habitats including dry sclerophyll forest, temperate rainforest, sub-alpine forest, dry woodland, coastal heathland, small wetlands, riparian vegetation, sedgeland, grassland and farmland. However, breeding is restricted to a range of old-growth native forests, especially those dominated by Eucalyptus species. READ MORE



*Chapman, AD (2009) Numbers of Living Species in Australia and the World. Report for the Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. 84 pp