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​Australian Animals On The Endangered List

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As more animals are added to the endangered list we tell you how you can contribute to keeping our wildlife alive...

Australia is native to some of the world’s most intriguing and captivating animals. Where else can you find the second largest bird in the world that can’t fly, or an egg-laying mammal with a bill and webbed feet? Since our wildlife is so rare and unique, it is important for us to protect them.

On the cusp of extinction, close to 50 new additions have been added to the Federal Government’s list of animals that have now become endangered. The additions have contributed to the 20 per cent surge since last year. The native flora and fauna have been added to the list under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Included in the list is the yellow-footed rock wallaby. The cute little creature has one of the most beautiful coats of all the marsupials. Unfortunately, this means it was once killed in mass numbers for it's attractive fur. Australia has lost eight species of wallabies already, with 16 more close to extinction. Other native creatures includes the broad-toothed rat, ghost bat, three-toed skink and the swift parrot.

Tim Faulkner, Head of Conservation at the Australian Reptile Park has a lot to do with keeping our wildlife alive. Through conservation efforts, education and breeding programs, he has assisted alongside the Australian Reptile Park in sustaining our native treasures.

Animal conservationists have been celebrated the announcement last week, as extra attention and awareness to the issue will put more pressure on keeping the animals on the endangered list under protection.

Ways in which you can help keep our endangered animals alive is by learning about how important the endangered species are in your area. You can also help by keeping the air and water clean, which means picking up after yourself and by making sure you don't leave rubbish lying around. Don't forget to watch out for wildlife on highways and roads in developed areas. It may be hard to see them, but it's even harder for them to see you.

To view the full list, visit the Australian Government Species Profile and Threats Database.