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Yorke Peninsula Appeal

Join the fight to turn the tide on Australia's extinction crisis
Join the fight to turn the tide on Australia's extinction crisis

Many threatened Australian mammals and birds are at risk of dying out. We need your help to stop this from happening.

It's time to tackle Australia's conservation crisis and start turning the tide for our dying species.

Your support will help us rewild the Yorke Peninsula, southwest of Adelaide; carefully bringing back species that used to thrive here but are now locally extinct.

This is a major move in tackling the extinction crisis Australia is facing head-on.

Your donation:

A big bold plan

 The Yorke Peninsula has lost about 27 native species, and too many of those are at risk of dying out from Australia altogether.

With your support, you can help return them to this landscape. And that's going to give a lot of our beautiful, unique Australian animals a fighting chance.

We’re calling it the most ambitious rewilding project yet: a big, bold plan to return multiple locally-extinct species across 170,000 hectares of the southern Yorke Peninsula.

The first 'local' to be reintroduced is the woylie, a little marsupial with big eyes, a fondness for rummaging around in the soil and a crucial role in the future of a once-biodiverse habitat.

As nature's gardeners, woylies improve nutrient poor soil by moving seeds and organic material around. Their actions improve conditions for native plants which, in turn, improve conditions for birds, insects and ultimately other mammals.

Your support today will help start an exciting conservation project that could see many threatened native species given a chance of survival, and it could help rebuild an entire ecosystem.

 

 
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"We're not just trying to stem the tide of extinction. This time we're on the front foot and fighting back."

We’ve chosen to start in the Yorke Peninsula for several reasons:

• It used to be incredibly biodiverse; a finely balanced ecosystem where mammals, plants, birds, and insects thrived.
• It has a mix of coastal and forest vegetation, including a protected national park, making it an ideal breeding ground for a range of species.
• Its narrowness means a fence is planned for construction across the Peninsula to stop feral pests and predators getting in. These include rabbits, foxes and feral cats, which contributed to native species loss in the first place.
• Just about everyone with an interest in the region, including farmers, Indigenous communities, and local partners, are committed to this work.

 

But we need one more group on board: you!

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Our plan to rewild the Yorke Peninsula:

Year 1: Get the engineers in first
Woylies are known as 'soil engineers' so it makes sense to prepare the ground before you build. They'll help improve soil quality, so vegetation can grow back - providing food and shelter for the other species that will follow.

Year 3-5: Sort out the health and safety
Managing predators is crucial to success. Feral predators have killed off many of Australia's native species. So as part of this project WWF is keeping introduced predators under control.

We’ll also reintroduce some native predators such as the barn owl that will help keep the ecosystem balanced, just as it used to be.

Years 5-10: Bring in the Builders
Over time, up to 27 species will be carefully reintroduced to the Yorke Peninsula. They will help balance and improve conditions for the next animals we bring home. Eventually, we hope to rebuild a beautiful biodiverse landscape, and give many native species a better chance of long-term survival. Species that thrive here could be relocated to other parts of the country where they may have suffered local extinction.

 

 

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