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PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

PWS Fire Update - Monday 11 February 2019

11/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.More

Threatened Species

Tasmania has a rich and unique flora and fauna, with many species occuring nowhere else on Earth. Many species which flourish in Tasmania occurred on mainland Australia until relatively recently. Tasmania acts as a last refuge for these species that have become extinct on the mainland. With extensive areas of high quality wilderness and high levels of protection within our extensive and diverse reserve system, Tasmania offers hope for the future of our remarkable natural heritage.

Yet many of the State's plants and animals are threatened with extinction. The causes of these threats are many, and include the impacts of introduced species, loss of habitat and degradation of habitats.

More than 600 species of plant and animal are listed on the schedules of Tasmania's Threatened Species Protection Act 1995, with new species being added to the list regularly.

Threatened Species Educational Kit

The Threatened Species Educational Kit, specifically designed for school students, provides details on some of Tasmania's threatened animals and plants.

The Biodiversity Conservation Branch of the Department of Primary Industries and Water is the lead agency in the management of Tasmania's threatened species, and their web site provides a wide range of detailed resources, including: