Malleefowl generally dwell on the ground, making them particularly vulnerable to predators. Before European settlement, Malleefowl were found across large areas of Australia. The introduction of the fox, increased drought and habitat destruction mean it is now threatened across its limited range. An important species within the mallee ecosystem, captive breeding and release programs are under way.
The Southern Corroboree Frog is Australia's most critically endangered frog species, probably because of a disease caused by the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus. The fungus is thought to have entered Australia on frogs used in laboratory testing and is killing millions of amphibians around the world. Without a successful captive breeding and release program, this species will be extinct within five to 10 years, but breeding this species has proven very difficult.
The Hatinh Langur is a critically endangered primate species in Central Vietnam. Past hunting techniques have left the population of Hatinh Langurs fragmented, living in small isolated groups, which increases the risk of inbreeding and disease.
The endangered Southern Cassowary is Australia’s heaviest flightless bird, with a brightly coloured blue and purple head and a red wattle. This project worked with members of the community to revegetate cleared and degraded areas of the ancient Daintree lowland rainforest, where the Cassowary lives. The area is important habitat for 122 threatened species and has the highest concentration of primitive plant families in the world. Local stocks of these species were used in order to ensure they were best suited to the area.
Protected since 1935, Berbak was declared a national park in 1992, and is recognised as a wetland of international importance. The park is an area of high biodiversity, including the endangered Sumatran Tiger and Malayan Tapir. As top predator, the Sumatran Tiger is essential to maintaining the ecosystem function of the area which supports more than 250 bird species including the lesser adjutant stork and reptiles including the Malaysian Giant Turtle and Saltwater Crocodile.
The Fijian Crested Iguana is critically endangered, threatened by habitat loss, fires and storms, agricultural development and competition from feral goats.
Large carnivores such as Lions and African Wild Dogs are under threat from conflict with humans in their natural habitats.
To ensure that these species survive, we must resolve this issue in areas where populations would otherwise still have a chance of long-term survival. This project will improve local livestock husbandry in order to reduce losses to predators, as well as helping educate villagers about carnivore ecology.