Theme 1.00

Taking the threat out of threatened species

Identifying and effectively controlling the prevalent threats being faced by species close to extinction is crucial to their conservation.

General principles will be developed and tested to reduce key threats based on research at carefully chosen sites around Australia.

This theme will focus on:

  • Developing evidence-based management tools and protocols to reduce impacts of introduced predators on threatened mammals 
  • Conserving critical and threatened habitats
  • Managing fire regimes with thresholds to save threatened flora and fauna.
Related Projects

Impacts and management options for introduced predators

Project: 1.1
Feral cats and foxes, as well as changed fire regimes and introduced herbivores, have caused many species extinctions and remain a serious threat to Australia’s vertebrate species, especially its mammals.
This research aims to find the best management actions to reduce the impacts of feral predators, and help restore native animal populations including threatened species.
Work will take place at a range of sites across Australia and include case studies of threatened species population recovery.

Conserving critical and threatened habitats

Project: 1.2
This project will study how best to conserve threatened ecological communities and critical habitats for threatened and endangered species. Initial focus is on the Box Gum Grassy woodlands and endangered Buloke Woodlands of the Riverina and Murray-Darling Depression Bioregions as well as Alpine Bogs and Fens. Research will include a series of field trials, experiments and prioritisation of management of critical habitats and threatened ecological communities from across Australia.

Managing fire regimes to save threatened flora and fauna

Project: 1.3
This project will improve fire management strategies and conservation outcomes to save threatened flora and fauna from extinction.

On-ground trials and experiments, new data, modelled scenarios and improved management practices will assist fire management authorities to implement sustainable fire regimes and avoid further declines in threatened species.

Disease and faunal declines

Project: 1.4
‚ÄčResearchers are working with on-ground management authorities to help control three wildlife diseases that threaten our fauna: chytrid fungus, toxoplasmosis and myrtle rust, and to prevent the extinction of affected species.