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"The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there’s a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants." - David Attenboro...


In the News

Mountain Pygmy Possums

Mountain Pygmy Possums

Scientists are boosting a population of tiny endangered possums In Victoria ...

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Tales of Biodiversity Sprout at QC Wildlife Park

Tales of Biodiversity Sprout at QC Wildlife Park

90 children participated in a Read-Along 101 workshop at Manila's Wildlife Park ...

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The Facts

THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL - Animals need young people to find a solution!

Australia is a popular destination for tourists because of our amazing mix of animals, plants and landscapes. Some of them can't be found anywhere else in the world - like woylies - and we need to protect them. Scientists have collected evidence that global environmental issues can upset the balance of our Australian ecosystems. What are these issues and how are they threatening our environment? Read on to learn more and don't forget to check out these cool games as you go to make it fun!


WHAT'S COOKING - Variety is the spice of life
A yummy dish includes all kinds of ingredients with just the right amounts of everything. Biodiversity is like that - it's the balance of a variety of animals, plants, micro-organisms and humans and the way they work together to form an ecosystem. If things aren't in balance, something needs to be done to restore that ecosystem to good health. Check out this food web example of how a complex ecological system functions!



Find out about environmental issues in your area. Get in touch with a local environment group, such as Junior Landcare, to see what you can do to help.


The blue whale is the largest animal on earth. Learn more about whaling and ask your family if you can go whale watching. It is a magical experience.

Fantastic fact

There are over 13 million different species of plants, animals and micro organisms on Earth. You can find out about them all on the Catalogue of Life website and see why biodiversity is so important here!


Green Lane Hero

Clayton North Primary School, VIC

The students have been leading my example being involved in an incredible number of projects this year. The Student Green Team has held Earth Hour, sold produce from their garden and given tours to others to teach them about it. The new indigenous garden has been a great success. Students from each year level have run their own projects including the year 3/4s who ran a pedal power disco!


Action Ideas

Conduct a biodiversity study at your home or school. Make a list of all the different plants and animals you can find, any kind of plant of animal will do - black ant, golden orb spider, ring tail possum anything!  Research their scientific names and take photos to help. You can keep this forever so t


Biodiversity 2 GOING, GOING, GONE?
Poaching, diseases, land clearing and climate change are the main threats to the    survival of our animal species. Governments around the world are taking action to protect threatened species and their habitats from extinction (watch here to find out more). The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) splits up species into different groups depending on how risky their survival is using these categories:



Extinct: all gone!

Extinct in the wild: some are in zoos - but none are left in the wild,

so they are precious

GLD species under threat

Critically endangered: there's a real chance they will soon be gone in the wild - focus hard here!

Endangered: Could be a real chance on extinction soon - be aware!

Vulnerable: Medium term risk of extinction - so we need to protect them!

Near threatened: Could be at risk in future - so keep them in mind!

Least concern: No worries mate - at least compared to other species

Find out which species are threatened here.


Use the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species to find out about threatened species. Here are some action ideas - can you think of other ones?

  • Recycle mobile phones to stop coltan (columbite-tantalite) mining in gorilla habitats in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Buy palm oil free products to protect orangutans in South East Asia
  • Use recycled paper or sustainable forestry products to stop land clearing in the rainforests of South America and South East Asia
  • Buy sustainable seafood to stop overfishing
  • Plant Australian trees and flowers in your garden
  • Become an Earth Ranger by learning and protecting animals online!

More Juicy Stuff...

GLD characters in bush 300


Sometimes we are so busy we don't stop and look around - outside is amazing! Grab your hat and go.

  • Make a bird bath
  • Plant a butterfly garden with plants that flower at different times of the year to have year round blooms
  • Stop and listen. What can you hear outside?
  • Take your family for a bush walk and spot some birds
  • Collect rocks and find out about the different types
  • Start a compost heap

Check out this great game and help Sam learn about the impacts of farming on the environment and how to solve them!



The only way to find out what's going on in your backyard is to get out there and have a close look. Plants and animals leave all sorts of clues, so keep your eyes peeled!


  • Watch out for scats - or animal poo! These little 'presents' are sure-fire signs of the presence of animals nearby. Take a photo, draw a sketch but you probably don't want to touch or smell them!
  • Look for tracks. Even animals without feet leave footprints of some sort. For thousands of years, Australia's Indigenous people used animal tracks to find food.
  • Search for signs. Holes in a leaf could be evidence that an insect lives nearby. Holes in the ground could be evidence of an animal's home - a spider, snake or maybe even a wombat.


If you can't find any animals at all, you can take a shortcut. You can use the Gould Leagues Australian Wildlife Camera to watch animals in the wild!


You too can get involved...

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Tips and Resources

Tips and Resources

We have compiled a list of ideas just to get you going. Try these eco activities - share them with your family and friends. Rate your progress. Be honest so you know what you can work on.


From waste, water and energy to what you eat and what you buy - its all about taking action...  Together we can make a difference!

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