Cockatoo Crisis Appeal

Endangered black cockatoos are being shot from our skies.

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WWF urgently needs your help to give our black cockatoos a safe future. If we don’t act now, we’ll lose these uniquely Australian birds from our skies forever. Please donate today.

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We’re fast losing white-tailed black cockatoos from the skies of southwest Australia, the only place in the world they’re found.

They’re under serious threat from habitat loss – and now illegal shooting. A handful of landholders are gunning down as many as 200 birds like Lucky every year. That’s devastating for our black cockatoos, who are very slow to breed. Losing even just one bird of breeding age can have a huge impact on the next generation.

Please help WWF tackle illegal shooting and the other serious threats facing black cockatoos. Donate today to stop these beautiful birds from dying out.

How you can help save this species

With your support, WWF can rally government to do more and spend more to halt illegal shooting.

Longer term, one of the biggest problems with protecting black cockatoos is how little is known about them. That’s why, with the support of people like you, WWF has been sponsoring the rehabilitation of injured black cockatoos who will return to the wild with tracking technology attached. They’ll be giving researchers crucial new information about how they’re using the landscape, so we can learn which areas need protection. That’s vital if we’re to safeguard their habitat – and the future of their species.

© WWF-Aus / Merril Halley

Rebecca is part of the WWF team working to protect endangered black cockatoos in southwest Australia.

“These birds aren’t found anywhere else in the world and are really iconic to this region. You can hear them coming from a fair way away by their call. It’s wonderful to hear them and watch them soaring through the skies. They look so majestic and self-assured when they fly.

I think people don’t realise black cockatoos are endangered, because they still see them in the skies. But if we don’t act now, they'll disappear completely. We really need to do everything we can to stop that from happening.”

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Why do I support WWF? Because they make a difference. Individually we have limited reach and power, but as a group we have much more - with WWF we can change things in the world because we are pulling together. Thank goodness for movements like WWF.

Michele Hannam Short

WWF Supporter since 1997