Habitats of 138 species still not fully protected

Southern hairy nose wombat
Southern hairy nose wombat Kara Burns

DESPITE a massive boost to national reserves, more than 100 species that may be threatened remain unprotected, a report from environmental group WWF has argued.

The report released at the World Parks Congress on Tuesday said the habitats of 138 species, including the critically endangered Capricorn yellow chat, were still not fully protected.

While the national reserve system has been extensively expanded since 2002, WWF said it was still not enough for many threatened species.

Report author Dr Martin Taylor said of the 1613 threatened species in Australia, some habitats remained unprotected.

He said a funding boost over the past five years to the reserve system had made a "huge difference" but more work was needed.

Other species with habitats that were identified as not protected included the northern hairy-nosed wombat and green sawfish.


Topics:  environment

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