A large number of Victoria's native flora and fauna are threatened as a result of past and present land use, the impact of weeds and pest animals and other disturbances. Many threats occur across the landscape, with parks providing the only refuge for some communities and species.
Parks Victoria works with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and community groups to manage threats and protect endangered species.
Importance of threatened species
Every organism plays a particular role in the ecosystem. If one disappears, it can have a flow on effect to other species.
Many people gain enjoyment and satisfaction knowing that we have a diverse range of species. Even if they never see one of these animals or plants, it can bring enjoyment just knowing that they exist.
There is also a growing trend in tourism around endangered species. Many people enjoy activities like bird watching and are excited when they see a rare or endangered species.
Threats to species
Animals and plants become extinct or threatened when their habitats change or are destroyed. Habitats are made up of things they need to survive: space, light, water, food, shelter and a place to breed. If one of those things is gone, it will be hard for the species to survive.
Human activity that results in pollution, introduction of weeds and pest animals, clearing of native vegetation, damming rivers and so on, destroy and change habitats.
Protecting threatened species
Parks Victoria continually develops and monitors land management to protect the Victorian landscape ensuring healthy habitats for both plants and animals.
Government legislation and policies provide protection to all native plant and animal species. Further legislation specifically aimed at protecting threatened species is in place on a state, national and global level.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) are responsible for determining the conservation status of species that have special protection under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (Vic)
For most species listed under this act, DEPI develops an Action Statement (management plan). This outlines what steps will be taken to help this species survive.
Actions might include erecting fences to stop foxes entering the species' habitat or setting aside conservation areas to allow the species the space they need to breed.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
This Federal act provides a framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.
Australia is signatory to international agreements which are aim to protect threatened species and habitats. As signatories to these agreements, Australia agrees to pass laws like those listed above to ensure our threatened species and habitats are protected.
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07 Jun 2013
Parks Victoria is planning to conduct a pilot aerial shooting program to control the number of feral goats in Warby-Ovens National Park and Mount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional Park from 11-13 June, pending suitable conditions. Mount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional Park and a section of the Warby-Ovens National Park will …
26 May 2013 10:00am - 23 Jun 2013 2:30pm
This course is an Advanced course for Botanical Drawing and Painting. Develop observation skills and learn about tonal values, pencil and ink rendering, composition, colour, watercolour and gouache' Explore, develop and understand a variety of techniques to create your own detailed botanical studies. Time: Sundays 26 May - 23 June, 5 x 4.5 hours = 20 …
19 Jun 2013 5:15pm-6:15pm
The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress …
1 Jul 2013 9:00am - 28 Jul 2013 5:00pm
View some inspiring works of art and photography developed by students from Rosebud Secondary College, under the guidance of local artist mentors, during a recent immersive youth arts workshop at Point Nepean. Artwork is on show daily between 9am and 5pm at Hospital 3 within the Quarantine Station. iConnect - Young …
8 Jul 2013 3:00pm-4:00pm
This historical tour provides a unique opportunity to view a cave that is rarely open to the public and is part of the same cave system as the Royal and the Fairy show caves. Lit only by solar-powered pathway lights, you are provided with a helmet and headlight to view …
Check out the free App from Friends of Barwon Bluff. Check out the free App from Friends of Barwon Bluff. Timeline PhotosThe Barwon Bluff App (for iPhone & iPad) is available *now* from the App Store, this App will lead you around the Barwon Bluff and surrounds and help you to identify, understand and appreciate this unique environment and the plants and animals that live within. Check it out!!View post | Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11.49
After heavy rainfall, the falls are thundering over the rocks and throwing spray...After heavy rainfall, the falls are thundering over the rocks and throwing spray into the air and down into the gorge. Absolutely worth the visit if you have never seen them in full force but bring your ear-muffs! Thanks to Friends of Agnes Falls for the update. Friends of Agnes FallsThe "Friends of Agnes Falls" care for the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve, in South Gippsland, near Toora, help to publicise the Falls, and share suggestions for further developments and improvements at the site.View post | Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10.10
Thanks to David Flagg, Ranger at You Yangs Regional Park, for sharing his pictur...Thanks to David Flagg, Ranger at You Yangs Regional Park, for sharing his picture of Big Rock on sunset. Beautiful!View post | Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18.07
Kanowna Island, Wilsons Promontory National Park is home to one of the four larg...Kanowna Island, Wilsons Promontory National Park is home to one of the four largest Australian fur seal breeding colonies in the state.View post | Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14.38
Park rangers have been busy spreading important public safety information to vis...Park rangers have been busy spreading important public safety information to visitors with heavy rainfall predicted across many areas of the state over the next few days. Pictured here is Ranger in Charge Ben Robertson speaking to campers at Wilsons Promontory National Park, one of the areas expected to receive significant rainfall. Please take care if you’re planning on getting out and about in Victoria’s parks and forests as many tracks, trails and visitor sites may be impacted by the wet conditions. For more info go to http://bit.ly/11G9uC3View post | Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16.08