September 2017

We've certainly had a busy few months, welcoming 16 new sanctuaries since July to bring our total to 488 sanctuaries and 59,733 wildlife-friendly hectares across Australia.

We've also planned some big changes for the end of the year including a website revamp so keep an eye on www.wildlifelandtrust.org.au in the coming months!  My name is Helen, I'm very excited to introduce myself as the new Project Officer for WLT and I'm looking forward to learning more about the wonderful people and places that make up our amazing network.

Conservation News

It's been a big month for our wildlife conservation efforts in other ways too, with this year's federal Threatened Ecological Community assessment priorities being announced.  Securing assessments is a key step to eventual legal protection of important ecosystems, and the WLT and Humane Society International are often at the forefront in nominating them. This year, all three ecosystems that we nominated were included, including Lowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion, crucial habitat for cassowaries and tree kangaroos. We hope that these communities will be protected in the near future.

WLT Head of Programs Evan Quartermain is also chairing the 'Stewardship and Protection' session at the National Private Land Conservation Conference in Hobart this month (October 18-20). If you'd like to learn more about the value of nature in private lands and how best to protect it, come and join the conversation – there's still a week to register! Find out more at http://plc-conference.org.au/

In online news, we have recently featured the Wildlife Land Trust on Humane Society International's blog. It's a great read if you want to find out more about the WLT's involvement in protecting threatened species, including our many wildlife rescuers and rehabilitators. We also explore how WLT sanctuaries help support ecological communities by protecting biodiversity hotspots and creating wildlife corridors. Check it out at www.hsi.org.au/blog and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date on regular updates and new members!

Sanctuaries You Can Stay

With the weather warming up we'd love to remind you that our Sanctuaries You Can Stay program is a fantastic option for a weekend getaway or family holiday. Whether you prefer cosy farmsteads, adventurous camping trips or you just want to relax in some beautiful natural settings, you're sure to have a fantastic time whilst also supporting WLT members and the conservation work they do. All of our SYCS are eco-friendly and are the perfect opportunity to get off the grid and see some of our native wildlife in their natural habitat.

Support a WLT member

Looking for the perfect gift that combines cute, practical and conservation-friendly? Our friends and WLT members over at Rocklily Wombats have made an adorable 2018 calendar featuring their rescue wombats as well as great wombat facts and stories.  It's a fantastic way to help out the wildlife rescuers over at Rocklily and they have kindly offered $5 from every purchase to help fund the WLT. It's available for $10 (plus postage) through the Rocklily website.

Wildlife Lands Newsletter

Our 19th edition of Wildlife Lands is in the making, and will be sent out to you all very soon. This edition features some fantastic member sanctuaries, all the latest news and updates and some great new holiday spots from our Sanctuaries You Can Stay program. We'll also be announcing the results of our wildlife photography competition with the lucky winner featured on the front page!