Australia fails to monitor its endangered wildlife

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When we learn that a federal government has put a wildlife species on the endangered species list, most of us are probably hoping that people will start caring for those remaining animals. But a recent audit in Australia revealed a lack of monitoring of the country’s endangered wildlife.

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How are the numbat, woylie, mountain pygmy opossum and black-sided wallaby doing? Who knows? The auditor found that most species are not monitored and there is little evidence that anyone is implementing conservation plans.

Related: 23 Species Are About To Be Declared Extinct

The Australian National Audit Office found that since 2013, only 2% of recovery plans had been drafted and finalized within the legal deadlines. The average time it took? Almost six and a half years. Of 55 habitats and species listed with recovery plans, only one had met its deadline.

The audit “glaringly reveals how Australia’s key piece of environmental legislation is failing our only endangered species,” said Sophie Power, national biodiversity policy adviser at the Australian Conservation Foundation, as the reported The Guardian.

Australia has a fabulous array of animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth. Already 100 have gone extinct since Europeans colonized the huge island in 1788 – more species than in any other country. Currently endangered wildlife species include the numbat, a termite-eating marsupial that hides in hollow logs at night to escape predators, and the critically endangered and extremely colorful orange-bellied parrot. The purple-crowned wren, a jewel of a bird, has also lost its habitat to humans and is preyed upon by black rats and feral cats.

The report shows how necessary environmental protection is, said Alexia Wellbelove of the Humane Society International. “The failure to monitor the status of most species is incredibly concerning, let alone the complete failure to monitor the status of ecological communities and key threatening processes,” Wellbelove said, as reported by The Guardian.

Via The Guardian, Nature conservation

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