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The Competition

The Threatened Species Children's Art Competition will be open for entries from the 3rd of June to the 2nd of August. You can choose to draw or paint any threatened species in Australia - you can find nationally threatened flora here and fauna here, or check out the factsheets below for species in your state. If you have any questions or would like to request some flyers to hand out, please email

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  • Click here to see a factsheet and gallery for Threatened species in NSW
  • The Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens are hosting two Virtual Classrooms on June 21st, where classes can learn all about threatened native plants and how to draw them! Each 45 minute class is free and can be accessed online by any teacher in NSW. Click here to learn more. 
  • Curriculum guide for teachers and coordinators - this guide can help teachers plan some extra lessons around local threatened species. Please note that it is not part of the Threatened Species Children's Art Competition.
  • Download NSW flyers



Threatened Species in Australia

Australia is in the grip of an extinction crisis. Many of our unique and irreplaceable native species like the bilby, the cassowary, the corroboree frog, the Tasmanian devil, and even in some areas the koala have been driven to the brink.

We're lucky to have some of the most unique and diverse species on the planet, occupying an amazing array of habitats. Yet less than 20% of Australia's land is formally protected, and as a result we have one of the worst records for mammal extinctions and near extinctions of any developed country. Preserving and restoring ecosystems is essential to the survival of all native species and we can all help to make this a reality across the country.

What we’re doing to help

HSI Australia works hard to give threatened native species the protection and recognition they deserve through improving laws and creating international treaties. We’ve helped protect over 70 threatened species including flying-foxes, whales, sharks, sea lions, albatrosses, koalas and platypus, to name a few. Wildlife also needs a place to live, so we’ve worked to protect millions of hectares of habitat across Australia through our nomination program. Our Wildlife Land Trust program also helps protect habitat for rare and common species alike on several hundred Australian sanctuaries.

What you can do to help

Taking part in the Threatened Species Art Competition is a great way to raise awareness about our native species and the struggles they face. Ask your school to take part and help spread the word to your community with flyers and posters. The final exhibitions are open to everyone, so be sure to bring along friends and family!