The threatened species list: what does it do for animals and plants?

Cosmos Magazine


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Australia has some of the most critically endangered species on the planet, many are on the brink of extinction.

And the latest State of the Environment Report says Australian biodiversity is decreasing while threatened species are on the rise.

Explained: How a species becomes ‘threatened’

Ahead of Threatened Species Day, Dr Sophie Calabretto talks to Cosmos Magazine journalist Matthew Agius about how animals and plants make it onto the threatened species list and why, in some cases, they receive little protection once they’re listed.

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