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Encounter Maria Island

20/10/2017

Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan

19/10/2017

An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

16/10/2017

Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Threatened Species Day

26/08/2004

This year National Threatened Species Day which is on 7th September (the date the last thylacine died in captivity at Beaumaris zoo) is being incorporated into Living Treasures Week.

A host of activities are running state-wide involving many groups including the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Parks and Wildlife Service events include:

Official Launch of Threatened Species Day at the Hobart Mall - 7th September 10am-4pm
Get your face painted as your favourite threatened species or write a message or draw a picture as a symbol of hope for Tassie's threatened species on our special banner, or talk to one of the Parks and Wildlife staff about our threatened species.

Between 12-2pm Buttons the Burnie Burrowing Crayfish, of summer ranger fame, will be making a guest appearance and delighting the crowds with an inverterap.

The Manager of the Threatened Species Unit will give an inspiring talk and welcome their Minister who will launch the week of events.

The Taiko drummers will then provide some music (tiger dreaming) along with images of Tasmania's threatened species.

University of Tasmania students will be on site to show you the wonders of the microscopic world.

Spotlight Tours in many of our National Parks and local reserves
Discover Tasmania's unique wildlife up close and find out what makes Tasmania's wildlife so special ways that you can help our wildlife.

These night walks are also gathering information on our wildlife as part of the Great Marsupial Night Stalk program run by Perth Zoo, Australia-wide (www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au).

  • 7th September 7.00 pm Spotlight Walk, Cradle Mt National Park. Phone Bob Hamilton on 6492 1133.

  • 7th September 6 pm Mt Field National Park, phone Maureen Lowery 6288 1149 to book for walk. (Enjoy a fascinating slideshow on Tasmania's threatened species then enjoy a night stalk looking for our unique wildlife.)

  • 7th September 6.30pm Maria Island National Park. Meet at the Ranger's station and then enjoy a bonza wildlife stalk. Look for all the amazing wildlife including wallabies, kangaroos, possums and even penguins.

  • 7th September 7.30pm Water Works Reserve, bookings essential Hobart City Council on 6238 2886.

  • 7th September, 6pm Night Stalk at Leeawuleena - Lake St Clair National Park. Discover the amazing nocturnal wildlife of Lake St Clair. Be a part of a national survey of nocturnal animals that will help stop other species going the way of the thylacine or Tasmanian tiger. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 6pm. Wear warm dark clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring a raincoat, binoculars (if you have them), torch, and a mug for a cuppa afterwards. We'll be finished by 8.30pm. For details phone 6289 1172.

  • 17th September, 7.30 pm People's Park, Strahan, phone Krissy Ward 6471 7122.

  • 24th September, 7.00 pm Queenstown Night Stalk, Nelson Falls. Phone Sandra Beams 6471 1963 to book.

Threatened Species Talk - Freycinet National Park
  • 7th September 2pm til 4m. Visitor Centre, Freycinet National Park. Light a candle in remembrance of the thylacine and as a symbol of hope for Tasmania's threatened species. Discover Tasmania's unique wildlife and ways you can help protect them. Contact David Adams, Freycinet National Park, phone 6256 7000.

All the above activities are free and everyone is welcome. Please ring to book a place on a spotlight tour and to find out where to meet and what to bring.

Hastings Caves - Creatures of the Caves
  • 7-12th September 2004. Discover some of Tasmania's threatened cave creatures and enjoy a special cave tour at Hastings Caves. Phone 6298 3209 for booking and fees.

Threatened Species Day

The last Tasmanian Tiger died 7 September 1936