Tourism and Environment Sectors Unite to Promote Wildlife

September 6, 2018

An alliance between the tourism industry, scientists, traditional owners and environmental community groups has launched a new video promoting the unique biodiversity of the Wet Tropics and highlighting plants and animals at risk of extinction.

The Wet Tropics is a biodiversity hotspot – and it is home to half of Australia’s bird species, a third of its mammal species and 4000 plant species.

Wendy Morris, Chair of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, said the richness of Tropical North Queensland’s flora and fauna was the key to its appeal as a tourism destination.

“We are blessed to have two world heritage areas right on our doorstep,’’ she said.

“Visitors come here to experience the abundance of wildlife on the reef and in our rainforests so it makes sense for us to help promote the amazing work of the many passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers and community experts in our region.”

Terry Carmichael, Wet Tropics Management Authority project officer, said National Threatened Species Day was an opportunity to put the spotlight on the native plants, animals and ecosystems under threat in the region.

“There are currently 139 threatened species in the Wet Tropics region and as changes to habitat and climate continue, it is important to plan how to protect them from extinction and find constructive ways to share our landscapes with them.”

Terrain NRM’s Tony O’Malley said threatened species groups in the Wet Tropics are leading the way in working together to find solutions that balance development with protection of endangered species.

“We have some amazing species in the Wet Tropics many of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world and this video highlights just six of them – the cassowary, mahogany glider, Mabi rainforest, northern bettong, quolls and the Kuranda tree frog,” he said.

“Recovery teams are working hard to save species in the Wet Tropics and it is important to acknowledge their work and commitment by sharing their stories.

“With the right planning, investment and resourcing we can make a difference.”

The new video ‘Explore the Secret Lives of Tropical North Queensland’s Endangered Species’ has been produced by the alliance with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program through Terrain NRM’s Threatened Species Grants.