Threatened Species

Help us conserve these threatened species

Our Wild Futures Program supports the recovery of threatened species by providing practical on-ground action to conserve Australia’s  unique plants and animals in line with approved recovery plans.

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo

Unlike their iconic cousins, these cockatoos are facing extinction through habitat loss and an ageing population.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

One of our most endangered species, this marsupial is only surviving through breeding programs and needs your help.

Flatback Sea Turtles

These ancient marine reptiles are in danger of disappearing from threats such as fishing, pollution and disturbed nesting sites.


Despite their iconic status factors including habitat clearing, fragmentation, natural disasters and disease have led to a substantial population and distribution declines.


This large bird incubates its eggs in a purpose-built mound but now threat from habitat loss and predators are pushing it closer to extinction.

Swift Parrot

This speedy little bird travels across Bass Strait to the Australian mainland to feed on open eucalypt and box-ironbark forest each year, before returning to Tasmania to breed in the spring. Its habitat is declining and it is now critically endangered.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

This iconic bird has lost much of its Buloke and Eucalypt habitat since European settlement.

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Once a common visitor to Brisbane, this gorgeous butterfly is under threat from poisonous invasive weeds and lack of food.

Tasmanian Devil

With mounting threats from disease, competition and habitat loss, these world-famous carnivores are now facing extinction.

Tree Kangaroo

These agile arboreal kangaroos are losing their rainforest homes and becoming prey to predators and traffic as they try to move between areas.

Wild Futures: Conserving Australia’s Threatened Species

Conservation Volunteers Wild Futures program supports the recovery of threatened species by providing practical on-ground action to conserve Australia’s unique plants and animals in line with approved plans.  We focus on a range of species and threatening processes across Australia, and working with recovery teams and other experts, we assemble new resources and eager volunteers to create a wilder future for our unique flora and fauna. Every day we are making a difference to people’s lives, together caring for our natural and cultural heritage.   We are inspiring change by connecting people with nature.

We actively manage volunteers providing vital assistance to protect, conserve and enhance Australia’s threatened plant and animals.

It is extraordinary to think that 31% of Australian mammals are now extinct or threatened.

Why we need to act

Australia is home to some of the most incredible wildlife and plants on the planet. Changes to the landscape as a result of human activity have put many of these unique species at risk. Since European settlement many species of birds, animals and plants have already become extinct.

Ecosystems, species and genes are the three main components of life on earth and are all continuing to show signs of decline. Habitat damage, over exploitation, pollution, invasive species and climate change are the five principal pressures that are directly driving wildlife loss. These pressures are remaining constant or increasing in intensity (Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2010).

The highly distinctive and mostly endemic Australian wildlife has suffered an extraordinary rate of extinction, 10% of the 273 endemic mammals over the last 200 years. A further 21% of Australian endemic mammals are now assessed as threatened, indicating that the rate of loss (of one to two extinctions per decade) is likely to continue.   Likewise with Australia’s birds, 2.2% are now extinct and a further 11.8% are threatened.

The real significance of species loss is poorly understood and often over-simplified. But without doubt we are losing forever the functions that species contribute to our world: ecosystem regulation, pest control, good soil and water quality, pollination and seed dispersal.

Conservation Volunteers is taking action

Join us in ensuring the survival of our 10 Wild Future species that have been chosen because the species is at risk nationally and or at the sate level, and where volunteer action can make a demonstrable benefit to the survival of the species.  Volunteers are actively:

  • Monitoring species
  • Improving and restoring habitat
  • Controlling pest plants and animals
  • Work in partnership with communities and conservation experts

What can you do ?

Australia is leading the world in species extinctions – we need your support to bring back from the brink Australia’s unique plants and animals.

Securing Australia’s plants and animals from extinction is achievable when we work together.


Would you like to give Australia’s Wildlife a wild future? You can do so by donating through our secure online system.


By volunteering on one of our field projects, you can make a practical contribution and help ensure a wild future for our threatened species.