National Threatened Species Day
At QTFN biodiversity it our business! We aim to protect and enhance habitat for many species including several threatened species through our properties, education programs and partnerships.
On National Threatened Species day we want to highlight some of our threatened species:
Koala – we are enhancing and protecting koala habitat through our Koala Crossing and Aroona Station properties as well as Queensland Environment funded Koala Habitat Restoration Partnerships program, and the Northern Brigalow Koala project.
Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby – QTFN’s Aroona Station is a magnificent 2,000-hectare property in the Little Liverpool Range southwest of Ipswich. A working cattle property with large areas of diverse native vegetation that supports varied and viable populations of conservation-significant wildlife, including healthy population of brush-tailed rock wallabies. Aroona Station showcases how nature conservation, best practice land management and beef production can co-exist in harmony.
Flatback Turtle – we manage Avoid Island, rugged and remote, the unique island is the only permanent nature refuge in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Avoid Island is the second largest Flatback Turtle rookery on the Great Barrier Reef and listed as a key index beach for monitoring in the Recovery Plan for Marine Turtles in Australia. We collaborate to provide a sanctuary for vulnerable flatback turtle nesting, and six distinct regional ecosystems.
Australian Southern Cassowary – through our collaboration with C4 we are protecting and enhancing a major cassowary movement corridor from Smiths Gap to Mission Beach with Gurrbum and Cassowary Connection Nature Refuges.
Ant Plant – through our property in the Daintree and other properties in the Wet Tropics we are protecting and enhancing habitat for this vulnerable species. The Ant Plant has a unique mutual relationship with the Golden Ant and is also the sole habitat for the larval life stage of the Apollo Jewel Butterfly- also listed as vulnerable to extinction. The golden ants carry the butterfly eggs inside the ant plant chambers where the butterfly eggs are protected and feed on the plant tissue and ant waste.