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Call for volunteer caretakers for Maatsuyker Island

09/12/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteer caretakers for the coming two years on the remote and spectacular Maatsuyker Island in Tasmania's south-west.More

Update on work to restore access to flood-affected sites

23/11/2016

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing repair work to restore access to sites affected by the June flood event.More

Maria Island ferry service will unlock tourism opportunities

22/11/2016

The Tasmanian Government has secured a new, year-round regular passenger ferry service to Maria Island National Park, which will help the island fulfil its potential to be one of the state's best tourism attractions.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: