The 39 endangered species in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and other Australian cities

Date: 02, Apr, 2019
Author(s):   Soanes, K., Lentini, P.
Publisher: The Conversation

The phrase “urban jungle” gets thrown around a lot, but we don’t usually think of cities as places where rare or threatened species live. Our research, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, shows some of Australia’s most endangered plants and animals live entirely within cities and towns. Australia is home to 39 urban-restricted threatened species, from giant gum trees, to ornate orchids, wonderful wattles, and even a tortoise. Many of these species are critically endangered, right on the brink of extinction. And cities are our last chance to preserve them within their natural range. Urban environments offer a golden opportunity to preserve species under threat and engage people with nature. But that means we might need to think a little differently about how and where we do conservation, embrace the weird and wonderful spaces that these species call home, and involve urban communities in the process.

The 39 endangered species in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and other Australian cities