Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy provides support to Australian organizations, such as Australian Wildlife Conservancy, that have a track record of conservation success and focus on practical, on-ground action, world-class science and measurable results.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy


Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is Australia’s leading private (non-profit) conservation organisation:

  • AWC owns and manages more land for conservation than any other non-government organisation:  3 million hectares (7.5 million acres).

  • AWC protects more species – and more threatened species – than any other non-government conservation organisation including 86% of all bird species and 71% of all Australian mammal species.

  • AWC is recognised as a leader in the delivery of practical, large-scale conservation programs including fire management and feral animal control.


Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy has delivered important support for a range of projects implemented by Australian Wildlife Conservancy including:


  • Pungalina-Seven Emu Wildlife Sanctuary:  Covering over 750,000 acres, Pungalina-Seven Emu is an important refuge for the declining wildlife of the Gulf of Carpentaria, protecting nearly 50 mammal species, over 190 bird species and 100 reptiles.  Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy made a substantial grant to assist in the acquisition and management of Pungalina-Seven Emu. 


  • Mornington-Marion Downs Wildlife Sanctuary:  Mornington-Marion Downs is one of northern Australia’s most important conservation areas, protecting over 1.4 million acres of the central Kimberley in north-western Australia. Incorporating spectacular sandstone escarpments, mighty tropical rivers and vast savannah woodlands, Mornington-Marion Downs is home to threatened species such as the Gouldian Finch, the Northern Quoll and the Purple-crowned Fairy-wrenFriends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy provided a major grant to assist with the acquisition and management of the Marion Downs section of the sanctuary.


Other grants to Australian Wildlife Conservancy have assisted with the management of the Artesian Range; the reintroduction of iconic threatened mammals such as the Bilby and the Numbat at Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary; and the conservation of the 1.6 million acre Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary incorporating the north shore of Australia’s largest lake (Lake Eyre).

Newhaven Sanctuary

Covering 262,000 hectares, and located near the intersection of three central Australian bioregions, Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Australia’s largest non-government protected areas.  


The scenery at Newhaven is spectacular: dramatic quartzite mountains overlook extensive parallel sand dunes and shimmering salt lakes and clay pans. Decorated by mulga woodlands, rich spinifex sandplains and large areas of bloodwood and desert oak, Newhaven is also a hotspot for the wildlife of central Australia. Threatened species include the Black-footed Rock-wallaby, the Brush-tailed Mulgara and an important population of the Great Desert Skink. 


University of Tasmania Foundation Inc


The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. Traditionally their numbers were controlled by food availability, competition from other devils and quolls, loss of habitat and hunting, but sadly their greatest recent threat is the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) - a fatal cancer around the mouth and head. The Tasmanian devil is now listed as an endangered species under Australia's federal biodiversity legislation.


Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy provided support for the upgrade of the Tasmanian devil animal enclosure that protects the 'insurance population' of devils at Cressy, Tasmania.

Perth Zoo


In 2012, Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy contributed towards the Perth Zoo's Native Species Breeding Program.  This funding supported the captive breeding and rearing of four Western Australian native species; Numbat, Dibbler, the White-bellied frog and the Orange-bellied frog.