Established by Wildlife Queensland in 2007, the Endangered Species Trust promotes conservation of Queensland's biodiversity by providing financial support to specific activities aimed at protection of endangered species, and species at risk of being under threat if proactive action is not taken.
The Endangered Species Trust accepts donations, bequests from individual and corporate entities and provides a means to ensure funds are being strategically targeted to support a long term future for all Queensland's wildlife.
The trustees are appointed by State Council and operates as an independent trust, closely aligned to the objectives of Wildlife Queensland.
In 2010, the Endangered Species Trust commenced a research grants program, administered by Wildlife Queensland, which provides funds to Queensland university students who are researching subjects relating to biodiversity conservation. Of particular interest are projects which investigate methods of addressing or reversing the decline in native plant and animal species or their habitat, or other applied conservation outcomes in Queensland.