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Celebrating 50 years

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland is the oldest, largest, and very well respected wildlife-focused conservation group in Queensland.

We have been part of all the major conservation issues in Queensland for 50 years.

Founded in 1962 when the emergent problem of expanding use of resources and consequent wildlife destruction was increasing, the four founders Judith Wright, David Fleay, Kathleen McArthur and Brian Clouston banded together to form our society with a common aim of promoting the protection of wildlife and educating the community about wildlife and the need for its conservation.

Local branches sprang up throughout the state giving our society a unique strength through the local knowledge and enthusiasm of the branch volunteers.

Our early campaigns helped protect important places such as the Great Barrier Reef, Cooloola, the Rainforests and Fraser Island. We continue to contribute greatly to the protection of many species and their habitats through campaigning and community consultation.

We’ve encouraged governments to protect important habitats throughout Queensland  through planning and legislation.

We've educated the community about wildlife and wildlife issues. We continue to do this through our website, our publications, our full colour nature journal Wildlife Australia.

As part of our 50th anniversary, Wildlife Queensland is inviting you to join us in celebrating.

Talking Wildlife - celebrating 50 years with Wildlife Queensland

Photo © Martin Cohen

Wildlife Queensland is bringing together some of Queensland's leading wildlife researchers and campaigners to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012. The event, Talking Wildlife, will take place on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September 2012 at Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane.

Keynote speaker, Paul Gilding, is a renowned author, corporate advisor and conservation campaigner who has spent 35 years trying to change the world.

As well as Paul Gilding, the conference line-up includes some of Queensland’s most respected campaigners and researchers:

  • Don Henry, Executive Director, Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Dr Ailo Keto, Australian Rainforest Conservation Society
  • Hugh Possingham, Professor of Ecology & Professor of Mathematics, University of Qld
  • Rick Humphries, Principal Adviser, Land Use Stewardship, Rio Tinto
  • Nick Heath, Queensland Manager, WWF Australia
  • Imogen Zethoven, Director Global Ocean Legacy, PEW Environment Group
  • Darryl Jones, Associate Professor, Griffith University School of Environment
  • Dr Scott Burnett, Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology, University Sunshine Coast
  • Professor Roger L Kitching AM, Chair of Ecology Griffith University School of Environment
  • Dr Carol Booth, Conservation activist
  • Jo Bragg, Environmental Defenders Office
  • Barry Traill, Director, Outback Australia Program, PEW Environment Group
  • Paul Donatiu, Executive Director, National Parks Association of Queensland
  • Dr Richard Fuller, Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland

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Brisbane Airport Corporation

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Griffith University

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Partnership Opportunities available

Talking Wildlife offers a valuable opportunity to partner with a significant conservation event in Queensland, supporting the continuation of important wildlife preservation work and increasing your organisations exposure to significant contributors in the environment and conservation sector.  Download Partnership Opportunities to find out how you can support Wildlife Queensland's Talking Wildlife forum.