Queensland*s Threatened Animals

Australia is one of the six
most biodiverse countries in the world.
More than 80% of our mammals,
reptiles and flowering plants are found
only on this continent.
Because of habitat destruction, land
clearing, feral animals and invasive
weeds we have the highest mammal
extinction rate in the world.
Queensland is home to
70% of Australia’s native mammals,
70% of our native birds,
over 50% of our native reptiles
over 50% of our native frogs.
12 mammals are now
extinct in Queensland.
Queensland now has
226 species of mammals.
45 are threatened.
3 are critically endangered.
630 species of
birds are found
in Queensland.
1 is extinct ‒ The Paradise Parrot.
Herald Petrel
Ground Parrot
49 birds are threatened.
3 are critically endangered.
Yellow Chat (Dawson)
There are 485 native reptile
species living in Queensland.
36 are threatened.
Green Turtle
Bulburin Gecko
Brigalow Scaly-foot
4 are critically endangered.
Hawksbill Turtle
Leatherback Turtle
Nangur Spiny Skink
Retro Slider
127 frog species
call Queensland home.
30 are threatened.
Cascade Treefrog
Fleay’s Barred Frog
Wallum Rocketfrog
5 are critically endangered.
Armoured Mistfrog
Kuranda Treefrog
6 frogs have been declared extinct in
Queensland in the last few decades
2 species of Gastric Brooding Frogs.
These were unique because they
incubated their eggs in their stomachs
and gave birth through their mouths.
The Mountain Mistfrog is
now believed to be extinct.
The less charismatic, yet just as
ecologically vital threatened
animals in Queensland include...
26 invertebrates
Boggomoss Snail
Lamington Spiny Crayfish
McIlwraith Freshwater Crab
Apollo Jewell Butterfly
Thylacine Darner
and 11 bony fishes.
Lake Eacham Rainbowfish
Honey Blue-eye
Murray Cod
and the amazing Lungfish
This ‘living fossil’ has been around for 200 million years and is the longest surviving
vertebrate species on this planet. Will our generation be the last to see it in the wild?
Why so many threatened species?
Habitat loss due to
land clearing
land fragmentation
Queensland has the
highest biodiversity in
But the least amount
of protected land.
65% of Queensland is leasehold and the
current government is looking for buyers.
81% of Queensland is under
exploration permits for
coal, oil, gas, metals and/or minerals.
Only 117,717 km², or 6.80%,
of Queensland’s total area, is protected.
Queensland, Australia’s 2nd largest state, is
1,730,648 km².
Only 115,051 km², or
6.65% is in the National
Reserve System.
That’s 11.14% of the NRS’s total area.
No coal mine has EVER been stopped on
environmental grounds in Queensland.
There is no land clearing limit for CSG.
1 hectare per well is
There are 40,000 wells
currently being cleared. planned for Queensland.
These figures do not include the land
to be cleared for roads and pipelines.
The internationally recognised
RAMSAR listed wetland, 18 Mile Swamp
on North Stradbroke Island
is threatened by sand mining.
A new alliance has been established
to give a strong voice of reason to
conservation organisations concerned
with the impacts of mining and other
potentially harmful activities on areas
of high conservation value.
Protect the Bush
The primary goal of the Alliance is
to advocate the protection of
high conservation value areas in
Queensland and to identify
activities that describe them.
PTBA activities include:
Identifying where scientific surveys are needed on
properties of high conservation value.
Lobbying to increase the participation of
local NGOs in the Environmental Impact Statement
decision making process.
Lobbying to increase the number of protected areas.
We will find volunteers who
will give their time to survey
private properties and existing or
potential protected areas
threatened by mining and other
inappropriate use.
The purpose of these surveys is to
identify new and/or threatened
species and vegetation communities.
Survey criteria
A demonstrated interest by
the affected landowner in
preserving the conservation
values of their property.
Existing protected areas, or
other public lands, such as
State forests that are under
threat from mining.
The results of these surveys:
1) will build a scientific argument to secure
permanent protection of these areas.
2) may trigger Federal involvement in
the protection of remnant habitat through
the application of the EPBC Act 1992.
3) will provide valuable information to landowners
so they can make informed decisions about
the management of remnant habitat.
Join us now to
Protect the Bush
for ourselves, future generations
and the survival and wellbeing
of our state’s precious
unparalleled biodiversity.
Paul Donatiu - [email protected]
Rae Clark - [email protected]
Sheena Gillman - [email protected]

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