Plants and animals each play an important role in the natural environment. The loss of just a single species can have a significant impact on the natural environment. Do you know about the cassowary, a large Australian bird? It lives in tropical rainforests and its main diet is seeds. Several plant varieties in these rainforests actually need to be consumed by the cassowary and pass through its digestive system in order to germinate. Cassowaries in the state of Queensland are now endangered, and their extinction could mean extinction for these particular plants.
AJWCEF approaches wildlife conservation from a perspective of protecting the ecosystem of the planet, and seeks to rescue sick and injured wildlife so that they may one day be returned to the natural environment. As such, we support the efforts of Queensland government facilities such as the Moggill Koala Hospital. Donations received go to such items as medicine and the like to treat wildlife.
Caring for orphaned animals who have lost their parents to cars, etc., is another important element. Many of Australia's animals are marsupials, meaning that the young are raised in their mother's pouch. Even if the mother is killed through an accident, the young inside the pouch are often protected. This is where qualified animal carers step in to be a substitute mother and raise the young to a point where they can be returned to the wild. People who undertake this task are volunteers, and they bear the full cost of the milk and other equipment required. The AJWCEF supports the "grass-roots" activities of organizations such as the Ipswich Koala Protection Society, and you can help keep an orphan alive by making a donation so that milk or blankets can be purchased for use in their care.
Many animals are also under threat due to habitat loss caused, in part, by urbanization. One species threatened by habitat loss is the northern hairy-nosed wombat, of which only 130 or so remain and they are found solely in the Epping Forest National Park, Queensland. The AJWCEF supports projects seeking to establish new colonies of such endangered species, secure habitat so that they can live in peace, and activities such a eucalypt reforestation.
Recent years have seen the issue of global warming and climate change become more pressing. Being a vast and dry continent, Australia experiences large-scale bushfires, and there are concerns that climate change and potentially more frequent bushfires are having a major impact on the ecosystem. Much research is still to be done in this area, however, and the AJWCEF supports universities and other research institutes to this end.