The Australian continent has more unique animal and plant species than any other. But Australia also faces the highest rate of mammal extinctions of any developed country, with 27 species now listed as extinct on The Red List (of the world's endangered species) produced by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
In the past 200 years Australia has seen 75% of its native vegetation destroyed or degraded by human activity and in that time it has the highest rate of mammal extinctions of any developed country.
Our most urgent challenge is to respond before it's too late. It falls to each of us to ensure the natural heritage of our planet is secured and protected in our generation.
Size & population = opportunity
Australia covers almost the same area as continental United States, but it's population is just over that of New York State. As such, it represents an opportunity for conservation not available on the U.S. mainland.
Friends of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Friends of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Australia’s biodiversity.
We help protect native Australian plants and animals on millions of hectares of Australia’s most ecologically important landscapes. Supporting the acquisition and management of land of outstanding conservation value, and partnerships with Aboriginal groups and other private landowners.
To achieve our conservation goals we work primarily with Bush Heritage Australia, an Australian non-profit conservation organization.