Our Legacy Species

In 2016, Taronga launched its legacy for the future and for the wild. We’re dedicating the next 10 years to the conservation of 10 critical species. Five are native to Australia, like the Platypus and the Bilby, and five are on the brink of extinction in Sumatra – a biodiversity hotspot of critical natural importance right threats on Australia’s doorstep. 

There are many threats facing their future - from plastic pollution, to poaching, habitat loss and climate change. But we believe that with your help, every species can not only survive but thrive. Help us in our lifetime commitment to conserve these 10 precious species for generations to come. 

Marine Turtles

Marine Turtles are magnificent creatures, vital for maintaining ecosystem balance, but all seven species across the world are under threat.


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Sumatran Rhino

Sumatran Rhinos are the smallest (and hairiest!) rhinoceros species, however there are fewer than 100 left in the wild.


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Greater Bilby

Sometimes called the ‘Rabbit-eared Bandicoot’, Bilbies are known for their long, pink ears and pointed snout, however they are quickly losing their habitat.


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Sun Bear

Sun Bears are the smallest of all bears but are strong, fast, and have extra long tongues for slurping up insects, but their future is at risk from the illegal wildlife trade.


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Pangolin

Have you heard of pangolins? These unique and mysterious creatures are the only mammals in the world that are covered in scales. But it’s these scales that make them the most trafficked mammal in the world.


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Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeaters call the box-ironbark forests of NSW and Victoria home, feeding on the nectar of a small number of eucalypt species. Sadly this habitat is being lost as a result of human development.


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Corroboree Frog

Tiny creatures known for their striking yellow and black colour, Corroboree Frogs are found only in the beautiful Kosciuszko National Park. Threatened by the deadly chytrid fungus, there are as few as 50 left in the wild.


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Sumatran Tiger

One of the most magnificent animals on the planet, there are as few as 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild, critically endangered as a result of poaching and habitat loss.


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Asian Elephant

The future of the majestic Asian Elephant is under threat from poaching and habitat loss - they could disappear from the wild in 20 years.


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Platypus

The iconic Platypus’ unique features have always fascinated people. Threatened by climate change, they are also vulnerable as by-catch from yabby trapping.


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