WILDLIFE LAND TRUST CELEBRATES 500TH AUSTRALIAN SANCTUARY
4th December, 2017
Humane Society International’s Wildlife Land Trust has welcomed its 500th member sanctuary in its 10th year in Australia. The program, which provides support and recognition for the conservation efforts of landholders, now includes more than 60,000 hectares of wildlife habitat on private land across the country – an area four times the size of Sydney’s Royal National Park.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kennedy Springs in Queensland’s Wet Tropics as our 500th Wildlife Land Trust sanctuary. As a working farm, ecotourism provider and important wildlife corridor involved in mahogany glider conservation, the property embodies a range of our core values. Every bit of habitat has a role to play in helping our native species, and the sound management of Kennedy Springs greatly benefits a wide range of wildlife,” said Evan Quartermain, Humane Society International’s Head of Programs.
The Wildlife Land Trust encourages its members to practice sustainable and wildlife-friendly land management, providing advice on conservation issues and connecting like-minded landholders. Members of the program are a diverse community of wildlife carers, conservation enthusiasts and environmentally responsible families and individuals, whose sanctuaries serve as wildlife corridors between protected areas, release sites for rescued wildlife, and refuges for rare and common species alike.
“Australia is home to an incredibly diverse range of unique and endemic species, but has one of the worst records for biodiversity loss and land clearing of any developed country. With pressures on wildlife mounting, dedicated Wildlife Land Trust members are playing an incredibly important role by protecting habitats on their land, providing an invaluable public service,” Mr Quartermain concluded.
The Wildlife Land Trust was founded in the United States in 1993, where the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust manages permanently protected properties. Established in 2007, the Australian program operates through free and non-binding agreements. The Wildlife Land Trust also helps protect habitats in several other countries including South Africa, Indonesia, India, New Zealand and Peru.