The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife is fighting back against deforestation with Threatened Species Day on Thursday, 7 September. The day will specifically focus on Australia’s Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving rainforest in the world.

Daintree Rainforest shelters some of the most biologically diverse flora and fauna, containing 80% of the world’s fern family, 40% of Australian bird species, and 35% of Australia’s mammals. Unfortunately, 122 of these animal and plant species are listed as threatened.

As rainforests like Daintree are increasingly threatened by climate change, deforestation, domesticity and development, species that can’t live anywhere else are in danger of becoming extinct.

Many wildlife corridors throughout the Daintree are segmented by privately owned land. This can cause disturbances to the environment and can impact the rainforest and its inhabitants.

For the past 47 years, FNPW has been attempting to conserve species’ habitats by buying strategic parcels of land to create wildlife corridors.

By purchasing land, FNPW increases the survival rate of native animals protects against the extinction of plant species as well.

However, there is a long way to go before the Daintree Rainforest is taken off the endangered list permanently.

FNPW collaborates with local project partners, including scientists, volunteer, indigenous and community groups. They work together to gain permanent protection for habitats and grow Australia’s National Parks system and to conserve Australia’s unique habitats, species, and cultural heritage.

FNPW does this in a range of ways including supporting local projects, grants programs and delivering Backyard Buddies. 

Backyard Buddies is a free community environment initiative that raises awareness and provides information on native plants and animals that are likely to be seen in urban environments.

FNWP is currently appealing to the public in a bid to raise funds to protect Australia’s national parks, including Daintree.

With ongoing support, the Foundation can help protect these animals and their habitats by expanding Australia’s national parks and rehabilitating privately owned bushlands and forests.

“Ultimately if we can’t protect our environment, we can’t protect ourselves and what we are doing is nurturing and safeguarding the future of Australia,” said FNPW CEO Ian Darbyshire.

Read about another Queensland natural wonder, the Glass House Mountains, here.