Endangered native animals get another $12 million

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Dozens of endangered native Australian species will have their habitats restored, their populations increased and their predators managed thanks to $12 million in federal government grants.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the funding, which is part of the government’s endangered species strategic action plan, will help protect more than 60 priority species.

Funding will be provided through wildlife projects in most states and territories, supporting species ranging from the brush-tailed wallaby to the Eltham’s copper butterfly.

“This includes actions to restore and create important habitat, captive breeding programs to boost populations as well as new wild cat and fox management initiatives to reduce pressure from invasive predators,” said Mrs. Ley.

“These community-led activities will help improve the trajectory of our most valuable native wildlife with a range of indirect benefits for other species that share the same habitat.”

The grants come after an audit found that most endangered species in Australia are not monitored and no one is assessing whether recovery plans are working.

Last month, Australia’s National Audit Office offered a scathing assessment of the federal government’s efforts to save endangered plants and animals from extinction.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment lacked measurement and reporting systems to provide reliable information on the status of endangered species.

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