Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia (and one of the largest in the world). AWC owns and manages 23 properties protecting endangered wildlife across 7.5 million acres (3 million hectares) in iconic locations such as the central Australian outback, the Top End, the Kimberley and the south-west forests.
AWC was formed because Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world and existing approaches to conservation are failing to halt and reverse the decline in our wildlife.
AWC has developed a new model for conservation which involves purchasing large tracts of high quality habitat, which AWC field staff actively protect though the delivery of practical land management (fire management and feral animal control) informed by world class science.
Around 80% of AWC’s staff are based in the field: AWC is the only non-profit conservation organisation in Australia to devote such a high proportion of its resources to practical land management and science.
The AWC estate protects a very high proportion of Australia’s terrestrial biodiversity including:
71% of all terrestrial mammal species;
863% of all terrestrial bird species; and
around 50% of all reptile and frog species.
AWC safeguards some of the largest remaining populations of many of Australia’s endangered species including Bilbies, Numbats, Woylies, Bridled Nailtail Wallabies, Gouldian Finches and Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens.
Around 80% of AWC’s staff are based in the field, delivering practical, on-ground land management to control feral animals, manage fire and eradicate weeds. Around 25% of the AWC team are ecologists. Each year, the AWC science team carries out over 100,000 trap nights to measure ecological health and inform land management strategies.