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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.More

Threatened Species

Tasmania has a rich and unique flora and fauna, with many species occuring nowhere else on Earth. Many species which flourish in Tasmania occurred on mainland Australia until relatively recently. Tasmania acts as a last refuge for these species that have become extinct on the mainland. With extensive areas of high quality wilderness and high levels of protection within our extensive and diverse reserve system, Tasmania offers hope for the future of our remarkable natural heritage.

Yet many of the State's plants and animals are threatened with extinction. The causes of these threats are many, and include the impacts of introduced species, loss of habitat and degradation of habitats.

More than 600 species of plant and animal are listed on the schedules of Tasmania's Threatened Species Protection Act 1995, with new species being added to the list regularly.

Threatened Species Educational Kit

The Threatened Species Educational Kit, specifically designed for school students, provides details on some of Tasmania's threatened animals and plants.

The Biodiversity Conservation Branch of the Department of Primary Industries and Water is the lead agency in the management of Tasmania's threatened species, and their web site provides a wide range of detailed resources, including: