Silvery Gibbons, or Javan Gibbons, are critically endangered arboreal primates, living in the rainforests of Java.
The Providence Petrel is a burrowing species now found only at a few breeding sites on Lord Howe Island. The current population is thought to be 64,000 but the restricted sites make the petrel vulnerable to catastrophes in their habitat.
The River Red Gum forests in the Riverina line the banks of the Murray-Darling Rivers, the food-bowl of our nation. Many of the trees have stood for over 100 years and are crucial to maintaining the health of this river system, by regulating the water table, filtering water and even increasing rainfall in the area. This area was also known to be home to a number of threatened species including the Regent Honeyeater.
The habitat of the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros is shrinking, but within the few areas in India where they remain, populations are on the rise. This is largely due to anti-poaching patrols in protected areas. However, the increased population pressure causes rhinos to wander outside protected areas in search of new habitat.
Over-harvesting and illegal trafficking of reptiles for the western pet trade is recognised as a primary threat to many species’ survival. The most effective place to intercept trafficked endangered species is at the point of export, on borders. This interception requires legislation to protect species at risk, and for enforcement officers to recognise the protected species as they come through ports. This project provided a practical field guide to help front-line enforcement officers identify turtles.