We’re delighted to have welcomed 77 new sanctuaries to the Wildlife Land Trust in 2021, bringing our grand total to 775 sanctuaries covering over 78,700 habitat-friendly hectares!

Your work in conserving, restoring and monitoring safe places for wildlife is immeasurably important for biodiversity – thank you for your dedication to supporting our native species and habitats.

With yet another challenging year behind us, now is a great time to reflect on the things that brightened our lives – whether that was recentring yourself in nature, working to create healthy ecosystems on your sanctuary or learning more about the native plants and animals surrounding you. For many of us, nature was a source of stability and peace in an often stressful and uncertain time.

This has been an incredible year for habitat protection, as both government and non-government groups mobilise to preserve and restore land affected by the Black Summer bushfires.

Six of HSI’s nominated threatened ecological communities have gained stronger protections, including a mallee bird community, Sydney banksia scrubland, mallee box woodland, Tasmanian gum forest, coastal swamp oak community and a lowland rainforest in Queensland’s Wet Tropics. A huge win for native plants, animals and the ecological communities they rely upon!

In 2021, HSI Wildlife Emergency Response work shifted into restoring critical habitat in fire-affected regions and improving infrastructure to keep wildlife carers prepared for future disasters.

We helped to build treatment facilities and triage centres, planted koala habitat trees, provided emergency relief during severe storms, established mange treatment programs for wombats and funded nestboxes for threatened birds and gliders.

Collaboration has become a huge part of Australian conservation, and the Wildlife Land Trust has been thrilled to work alongside a wide range of wildlife and habitat initiatives. Most notably, we’ve partnered with Guardians of the Wet Tropics to boost private land conservation in one of Australia’s most biodiverse regions, and we’ve promoted Girl Guides SA’s Grow A Seed campaign to help support koala habitats across the country.

Despite the many hardships of 2021, we have all made incredible strides in preserving our country’s wildlife and their habitat. We’re looking forward to working with you into the new year, and hope you have a wonderful festive season on your sanctuary!