The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment recently identified 113 native animal species, including the common wombat and the platypus, in danger of extinction after this year’s bushfires. The funds needed for this conservation recovery, writes Peter Hannam (SMH/The Age) will total $513.46 million over the next four years.
Most of the money is needed to manage habitat by eradicating weeds and feral animals. Not included in this estimate – but an equal threat – is the danger of habitat destruction, in particular due to the logging of native forests.
You can read the article by Peter Hannam of the Sydney Morning Herald here: https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/teetering-on-the-brink-half-a-billion-dollars-sought-to-aid-wildlife-recovery-20200228-p545hn.html