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Saving our Species conservation program

Today, we’re at risk of losing nearly 1000 of our state’s native animals and plants. That’s why the NSW Government established Saving our Species (SoS). Saving our Species is the main threatened species conservation program in NSW. It’s also the biggest conservation commitment ever made in NSW.

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The objectives of Saving our Species are simple:

  • Maximise the number of threatened species that are secure in the wild in NSW for 100 years.
  • Control the threats facing our threatened plants and animals.

What we're doing

SoS is investing in over 400 threatened species and ecological communities, from the brush-tailed rock-wallaby to the spotted-tailed quoll.

To protect our threatened species, we’re implementing projects to control threats, including weed eradication and feral animal control.

An innovative project to reintroduce at least 13 mammal species currently extinct in NSW is a significant part of SoS. This project has already reintroduced 60 bilbies into a predator-free section of Pilliga State Conversation Area. These bilbies are running wild for the first time in more than 100 years.

SoS returned critically endangered Bellinger River snapping turtles to their natural habitat in 2018 and 2019 following a successful captive breeding program at Taronga Zoo—after a freak virus in 2015 wiped out around 90% of the population.

Bushfire recovery

The SoS team is working tirelessly to assess the impact of the 2019-20 bushfires on our vulnerable animals and plants, so we can adapt our projects and deliver intervention on the ground, where it's needed most.

In partnership with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS):

  • We saved the rare prehistoric Nightcap Oak from bushfires in northeast NSW.
  • We provided supplementary food to endangered brush-tailed rock-wallabies and mountain pygmy-possums.
  • We are introducing strategies to help many other plants and animals to ensure their survival in the wild.

Working together

SoS is possible with help from NPWS, volunteers, scientists, businesses, community groups, and the NSW Government—all coming together to secure the future of Australia’s unique plants and animals.

Threatened species projects