Saving our Species and Threatened Species Day

Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936 and to focus on how to protect our threatened species in the future. It is a day to celebrate our success stories and ongoing threatened species recovery work.

The Office of the Environment and Heritage is committed to the Saving our Species program and encourages everyone in NSW to do something to celebrate National Threatened Species Day each year. We offer the opportunity to share your stories, events and activities on our EngageHQ page, and have a variety of activities, lesson plans and resources available to download.

You can learn more about the Saving our Species program and find out what threatened species live near you by visiting the links on this page. There are activities year round where you can support the endangered plants and animals in your community, with Saving our Species, at a national park or with our partners.

Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936 and to focus on how to protect our threatened species in the future. It is a day to celebrate our success stories and ongoing threatened species recovery work.

The Office of the Environment and Heritage is committed to the Saving our Species program and encourages everyone in NSW to do something to celebrate National Threatened Species Day each year. We offer the opportunity to share your stories, events and activities on our EngageHQ page, and have a variety of activities, lesson plans and resources available to download.

You can learn more about the Saving our Species program and find out what threatened species live near you by visiting the links on this page. There are activities year round where you can support the endangered plants and animals in your community, with Saving our Species, at a national park or with our partners.

  • Video spotlights Threatened Species Day at Wandiyali

    4 months ago

    To mark Threatened Species Day, a group gathered near Queanbeyan to conserve box-gum grassy woodland. There were Conservation Volunteers, many from Japan; a Green Army team; and people from Indigenous, government and non-government agencies joining to hear about the efforts of Wandiyali Restoration Trust to save this particularly large and fine example of an endangered ecological community. Watch the video to see the landscape and hear the science behind the volunteer work.

    To mark Threatened Species Day, a group gathered near Queanbeyan to conserve box-gum grassy woodland. There were Conservation Volunteers, many from Japan; a Green Army team; and people from Indigenous, government and non-government agencies joining to hear about the efforts of Wandiyali Restoration Trust to save this particularly large and fine example of an endangered ecological community. Watch the video to see the landscape and hear the science behind the volunteer work.

  • Superb Parrot signs erected in Boorowa

    4 months ago

    The town of Boorowa has erected signs promoting the superb parrot as a Saving our Species promotion. The signs feature winning artworks from local primary schools.

    The town of Boorowa has erected signs promoting the superb parrot as a Saving our Species promotion. The signs feature winning artworks from local primary schools.

  • Wild About Whales joins the Eden Whale Festival

    5 months ago
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    National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers feature in the Eden Whale Festival Parade this year Oct 28-30th. The team from Wild About Whales will be on the Eden Wharf all day Saturday the 29th with free handouts and activities for kids. You will be able to hear from our whale experts, find out the best places to see whales, and even enter a whale poetry contest. If you haven't downloaded the Wild About Whales app yet, get it here and see where whales are being spotted up and down the NSW coast. Did you know four whales are in... Continue reading

    National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers feature in the Eden Whale Festival Parade this year Oct 28-30th. The team from Wild About Whales will be on the Eden Wharf all day Saturday the 29th with free handouts and activities for kids. You will be able to hear from our whale experts, find out the best places to see whales, and even enter a whale poetry contest. If you haven't downloaded the Wild About Whales app yet, get it here and see where whales are being spotted up and down the NSW coast. Did you know four whales are in the Saving our Species database? Find out more online.


  • Bongongo kids help the Booroolong frog

    5 months ago

    Bongongo Public School students learned about the endangered Macquarie Perch and Booroolong frog and the health of their habitat in the Adjungbilly catchment. The student workshop was organised by Riverina Land services and Landcare and featured OEH scientist Dr David Hunter and Luke Pearce from the DPI Fisheries team. The researchers, local landholders and agencies have been working together to fence, revegetate and protect about 180 ha of land in the catchment. The students did practical and educational activities to protect this valuable breeding habitat.

    Bongongo Public School students learned about the endangered Macquarie Perch and Booroolong frog and the health of their habitat in the Adjungbilly catchment. The student workshop was organised by Riverina Land services and Landcare and featured OEH scientist Dr David Hunter and Luke Pearce from the DPI Fisheries team. The researchers, local landholders and agencies have been working together to fence, revegetate and protect about 180 ha of land in the catchment. The students did practical and educational activities to protect this valuable breeding habitat.

  • Keen kayakers combine fitness and tree planting

    5 months ago

    In an innovative project with combined community support, a group of keen kayakers spent a sunny day on the Hunter River before arriving to plant endangered river red gums in the Karoola Wetlands by Muswellbrook. This Threatened Species Day project heard from a Hunter Landcare expert and local Cressfield Horse Stud donated the plants. Photos and news story here.

    In an innovative project with combined community support, a group of keen kayakers spent a sunny day on the Hunter River before arriving to plant endangered river red gums in the Karoola Wetlands by Muswellbrook. This Threatened Species Day project heard from a Hunter Landcare expert and local Cressfield Horse Stud donated the plants. Photos and news story here.

  • 3-year Lennox Head coastal regen project comes to a close

    5 months ago

    The Northern Star (Lismore) reported the successful close of a three year project to restore 23 hectacres of coastline. From the article: On the Edge: The Lennox Coast Littoral Rainforest and Grassy Headland Project, aimed to improve and expand the habitat of the coastline's endangered ecological communities.

    The regenerated Lennox Head grasslands, Littoral Rainforest and coastal Fontainea will be maintained over the next year as part of the state government's Saving Our Species program.

    The On the Edge team consisted of the North Coast Local Land Services, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, professional contractors and the Ballina Shire Council.

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    The Northern Star (Lismore) reported the successful close of a three year project to restore 23 hectacres of coastline. From the article: On the Edge: The Lennox Coast Littoral Rainforest and Grassy Headland Project, aimed to improve and expand the habitat of the coastline's endangered ecological communities.

    The regenerated Lennox Head grasslands, Littoral Rainforest and coastal Fontainea will be maintained over the next year as part of the state government's Saving Our Species program.

    The On the Edge team consisted of the North Coast Local Land Services, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, professional contractors and the Ballina Shire Council.

    They wanted to thank members of the local community who assisted planting on World Environment Day, Threatened Species Day, and on private properties and school sites.


  • Find the Purple Copper Butterly in Rydal

    6 months ago

    The re-scheduled public information day about the Purple Copper Butterfly and its special relationship with the native Blackthorne and black ants will be Wed Sept 28th at 9:30. Meet at the Rydal RFS shed for a tour, info and a free BBQ lunch.

    The re-scheduled public information day about the Purple Copper Butterfly and its special relationship with the native Blackthorne and black ants will be Wed Sept 28th at 9:30. Meet at the Rydal RFS shed for a tour, info and a free BBQ lunch.

  • School holiday fun-Biodiversity Day at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    6 months ago

    This free community day is hugely popular - a great way to amuse the kids and learn a few things about threatened species and biodiversity at the same time. Free BBQ, native plant giveaways, a chance to interact with live animals and heaps of activities. The Park is at Minmi Road, Minmi.

    This free community day is hugely popular - a great way to amuse the kids and learn a few things about threatened species and biodiversity at the same time. Free BBQ, native plant giveaways, a chance to interact with live animals and heaps of activities. The Park is at Minmi Road, Minmi.

  • Surry Hills exhibition and workshop of Threatened Species artwork from kids' winners

    6 months ago

    On 24 Sept the Surry Hills Festival will hold art workshops at the Neighbourhood Centre focussed on Threatened Species, while the nearby Library and Community Centre will display winners of the children's art contest recently announced at an event at Parliament House. Details here.

    On 24 Sept the Surry Hills Festival will hold art workshops at the Neighbourhood Centre focussed on Threatened Species, while the nearby Library and Community Centre will display winners of the children's art contest recently announced at an event at Parliament House. Details here.

  • Practical design - windbreaks and seedballs

    6 months ago
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    At the Crossing Land Education Centre near Bermagui landholders learned through doing - first a workshop on windbreak design using fire retardant species, making seedballs and learning about local koalas. Then in the afternoon, they planted a windbreak shelterbelt, which can reduce wind and fire damage as well as providing a corridor for wildlife.

    At the Crossing Land Education Centre near Bermagui landholders learned through doing - first a workshop on windbreak design using fire retardant species, making seedballs and learning about local koalas. Then in the afternoon, they planted a windbreak shelterbelt, which can reduce wind and fire damage as well as providing a corridor for wildlife.