Theme 2.00

Red Hot Red List: no surprises, no regrets

Some recent extinctions in Australia have been predicted, yet occurred nonetheless because management responses were enacted too slowly, ineffectively or not at all.

Such regrets and surprises will be abated by identifying those plants and animals with a high probability of extinction within the next decade, and the critical management responses required to avoid their extinction.

This theme will focus on:

  • Emergency care – identifying and prioritising actions to save fauna species at acute risk of extinction
  • Meaningful and accessible information on Australia’s most imperilled plants
  • Enhancing conservation outcomes for Christmas Island.
Related Projects

Identifying emergency actions for fauna at acute risk of extinction

Project: 2.1
This project will identify animal species with the highest risk of extinction in the shortest time. It will aim to avert these extinctions by providing conservation agencies with robust evidence to prioritise investment and support decision making.

Tackling threats to endangered hollow-nesting birds

Project: 2.2
Introduced sugar gliders, habitat loss and native parasites are threatening hollow-nesting birds in Tasmania. This project will focus on managing these threats to ensure the persistence of swift parrots, forty-spotted pardalotes and orange-bellied parrots into the future.

Enhancing threatened species outcomes for Christmas Island

Project: 2.3
A collaboration with Parks Australia, this project will provide planning and management for threatened species on Christmas Island. This includes conservation outcomes for the rapidly declining Christmas Island flying-fox, and for two threatened reptile species living in captivity.

Options beyond captivity for two critically endangered Christmas Island reptiles

Project: 2.3.2
The blue-tailed skink and Lister’s gecko are endemic to, and were once common on Christmas Island but became extinct in the wild over the last 1-2 decades. This project is contributing to Parks Australia’s management, by evaluating options for these two species outside captivity.

Optimising the benefits of feral cat control on Christmas Island

Project: 2.3.3
Cats are one of a suite of introduced species that have played a significant role in the extinctions and declines of Christmas Island fauna; these introduced species continue to exert pressure on many native species. In response, the Australian Government is undertaking actions to control the impacts of several introduced species; one of these actions is an island-wide cat eradication program.

Combatting an emerging disease threatening endangered Christmas Island reptiles

Project: 2.3.5
The blue-tailed skink and Lister’s gecko are critically endangered, currently extinct in the wild, and persist only within a captive breeding program. Recently, a new bacterial disease which causes facial deformity and death has emerged in the two species. This project will build on preliminary research to develop a critical understanding of the disease, how it interacts with the reptiles and their environments, and if and how it can be managed.

National Action Plan for Australia’s most imperilled plants

Project: 2.4
This project will create a Red Hot List of Australia’s 100 most threatened plant species and a National Action Plan to bring together key information on these species to create a prioritised plan for action. The project will also undertake field based research to fill critical knowledge gaps about poorly known but potentially imperilled species.