Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia's threatened wildlife and habitats.

Our strategies include:

  • Establishing sanctuaries through acquisition and partnerships with other landholders;
  • Implementing practical, on-ground action including fire management, weed and feral animal control and
threatened species translocations;
  • Carrying out strategic scientific research; and
  • Hosting visitor programs at our sanctuaries for the purpose of public education.

What are the distinguishing features of AWC and our conservation model?

Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world: most other indicators of the health of our natural capital demonstrate a steady decline. A new model for conservation is required if we are to arrest this decline, particularly the loss of native wildlife and habitats. Funded by tax deductible donations, AWC represents such a new model: one that is focused heavily on achieving measurable outcomes through the delivery of practical land management informed by strong science.

1. Scale: AWC owns 23 properties covering more than 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres). This makes AWC the largest non-government organisation in Australia in terms of land managed for conservation.

2. Number of species protected: More than 1,200 native animal species are protected on the AWC estate including:

  • more than 67% of all Australian mammal species; and
  • over 80% of all bird species.

3. Focus on active land management: Around 80% of AWC's staff are based in the field, which is unique within the conservation sector. Almost 90% of AWC's total expenditure is on conservation programs (including land acquisition), with around 10% incurred on fundraising and administration combined.

4. Investment in science: AWC is unique in that our staff team includes a large number of field ecologists.

Our scientists work closely with operational staff to design land management strategies and to measure the effectiveness of their implementation.

5. Feral animal control: AWC is recognised as a leader in feral animal control. We manage more fox and cat-free land than any other organisation on mainland Australia. One of our

sanctuaries, Faure Island, is the third largest island in the world from which cats have been eradicated.

6. Fire management: In the Kimberley, AWC delivers prescribed burning across 14 properties covering more than 4 million hectares including pastoral land and indigenous land. This is the largest fire management program delivered by any nongovernment conservation organisation in Australia.

7. Threatened species translocations: AWC has conducted more than 60 translocations of threatened and declining mammal species involving more than 2,200 individual animals.

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