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Protecting King Island’s Native Species

The people of Tasmania’s King Island aim to end the loss of native plants and animals through conservation efforts. 

King Island, part of Tasmania, Australia, is home to endangered and endemic species, including

the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot:

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Orange-bellied Parrot on perch. By Ron Knight

the Little Penguin:

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Little Penguins emerging from burrow. By JJ Harrison

the Superb Fairy Wren:

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Superb Fairy Wren perched. By patrickkavanagh

and the Platypus:

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Platypus Swimming in Tasmania. By Klaus

Further decline of native vegetation would have serious consequences for the rare animals living on the island.  According to Natural Resource Management (NRM) regional Landcare Facilitator Ana Pimenta, the island has lost 70% of its vegetation. If any more habitat is lost, Pimenta warns, the endemic species may go extinct. She says:

Thirty per cent of native vegetation is about the minimum ecological value for a good ecosystem.

The loss of vegetation has been attributed to agricultural development and fires.

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King Island landscape. By Michael

Agricultural development and fires on the island have contributed to the loss of native vegetation. The NRM team is working with landowners and farmers to protect the island’s biodiversity. They aim to stabilize the native plant population and help it increase. They also plan to implement eco-tourism programs that educate visitors about the island’s native and endemic species.

We are working closely with council and landowners to protect what they have.

Feature photo: Little Penguin on beach. By Ken & Nyetta
Read the original article at ABC

About Sara Kaiser

Sara received a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. As a freelance writer and editor, she seeks to produce and highlight stories that support ecological responsibility, body awareness, emotional intelligence, and creative action, and reveal the connections between them.

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