Every year on the third Friday in May, thousands of people around the world participate in Endangered Species Day by celebrating, learning about, and taking action to protect threatened and endangered species.

About 1,700 plant and animal species are listed as threatened under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Mammals are the most distinct and unique fauna in Australia. In the land of the kangaroo, the platypus and the koala, our mammals are the most distinctive in the world. 86% can’t be found anywhere else. But our mammal population is facing significant threats including from feral cats and foxes, habitat loss as well as degradation and fragmentation of habitat and altered fire regimes like the large bushfires we saw in 2019 and 2020.

Across the country there is a huge effort being put in place to implement conservation programs which are all having a positive impact. Key measures are tackling feral cats, conserving habitats to provide safe havens for species most at risk including exclusion fencing to keep feral animals out of these reserves, improving habitat condition through improved land management and revegetation.

EMM is playing its part in threatened species management. We are implementing a unique monitoring program for the Smoky Mouse in the Snowy Mountains. This monitoring program included identification of some of the first records of the species surviving the 2019/2020 Dunnes Road fire and informed work undertaken to monitor and conserve the species post fire.