Featured threatened species projects

  • Includes information about common name, other names, scientific name, animal group, conservation status, description, habitat and distribution, diet, life history and behaviour, threatening processes, actions and references for further information.

  • The greater bilby, one of Queensland's 12 endangered mammals, is the only surviving bandicoot in arid Queensland. It is the size of a rabbit, and has a long-pointed nose, silky pale blue-grey fur with a tan belly, big ears and a crested black and white tail. Their large ears are not for decoration, as they provide sharp hearing.

  • The Nangur skink,Nangura spinosa, has a robust build and grows to approximately 19cm in length. It has spiny scales along its back, tail and flanks. The limbs are well developed and the tail tapers to a point. It is dark brown in colour with irregular cross-bands on the body and its underside is cream. The labial scales are edged with black. The mid body scales are in 28 rows and strongly keeled, forming longitudinal ridges.

  • The cassowary, Australia's heaviest flightless bird, is found in far north Queensland's tropical rainforests, melaleuca swamps and mangrove forests. Information includes description, conservation status, distribution, habitat, diet, bahaviour, reproduction, threats, conservation, recovery and human safety. Access to the Recovery plan for the southern cassowary Casuarius casuarius johnsonii 2001-2005.

  • The Richmond birdwing (Ornithoptera richmondia) is one of Australia's largest butterflies with a wingspan of up to 16 cm in females and 13 cm in males. The Richmond birdwing butterfly lives in subtropical rainforest where its larval host plants grow.