National Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to
encourage the community to help conserve Australia's unique native
fauna and flora. We can all take action to prevent further extinctions
by restoring healthy numbers of endangered species and ecological
communities in the wild.
National Threatened Species Day was first held in 1996, to
commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity in 1936
in Hobart. The concept was developed by the Threatened Species Network,
a community based program of the World Wide Fund for Nature and the
Commonwealth Government's Natural Heritage Trust, as a way to showcase
Australian threatened species. By focusing attention on the plight of
many of our threatened animals and plants, Threatened Species Day aims
to encourage greater community support and hands-on involvement in the
prevention of further losses of Australia's unique natural heritage.