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WHO WE ARE

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland is a community environmental organisation with a wonderfully diverse and dedicated team of members, volunteers, supporters and staff united by a deep passion for wildlife and conservation. We have a proud history in standing up for what we believe in and campaigning for the survival of species and ecosystems.

If you see Wildlife Queensland or WPSQ around the place – that's us, for short!

Join Wildlife Queensland today - we want you on our team!

WHAT WE DO

Wildlife needs your help. Wildlife Queensland is keen to ensure that through our actions, we can encourage everyone to gain an appreciation of wildlife and its habitat, leading to a greater understanding of the challenges and pressures it increasingly faces.

We focus on…

Protecting Wildlife….

Wildlife Queensland is 'Your Voice for your Wildlife'’. We speak out against those who are intent on destroying wildlife habitat: by monitoring wildlife populations we draw attention to their plight and by consulting with government departments we make our views known at every level.

We successfully helped to stop the recreational hunting of duck and quail in Queensland and we are vocal in opposing the introduction of gill netting and the proposal for targeted killing of rays and sharks. Read more about our conservation efforts to help protect wildlife and their habitat.

Influencing Choices….

Crucial changes are needed to halt the destructive nature of many types of reckless and relentless development. Our determination has resulted in many conservation wins in recent decades – read all about our achievements such as the Great Barrier Reef campaign and our efforts to stop logging and sand-mining on Fraser Island.

Our wildlife campaigns provide hope for those who feel helpless in the face of the many threats to global biodiversity such as diminishing resources such as water and the need for sustainable energy sources. We also assist and advise people who have both desirable and less-desired encounters with animals. For instance how to deal with finding a snake hiding in the kitchen or a brush turkey digging up the garden.

Engaging Communities…..

As a state-wide organisation, WPSQ works in cooperation with government, business and other conservation groups to develop policies to ensure the protection of our state's natural heritage such as the Great Barrier Reef, mallee country, rivers and catchments, rainforests, mangrove and other coastal ecosystems.

We provide onground actions which are out of the ordinary and highly educational for most Australians, leaving people feeling that they have contributed something positive and real to the world.

Much of this work is done locally through our network of branches.

Bayside Branch, located in the Brisbane area, campaigns to protect Moreton Bay and koala habitat. The branch organises Moreton Bay cruises, spotlights for koalas, greater gliders and other nocturnal wildlife and supports a native plant nursery.

Brisbane Branch pioneered ecotourism in the city of Brisbane with its tremendously popular Batty Boat cruises and continues to support urban dwellers in the quest to keep our back yards 'wildlife-friendly' and environmentally interesting.'

Upper Dawson Branch campaigns for wise use of water in the Dawson River catchment. The branch has field trips each year to areas of natural interest such as the sandstone ecosystems of Isla Gorge National Park, the region's unique mound springs known as 'boggomosses' and various locations along the track followed by Ludwig Leichhardt when he explored this area 150 years ago.

Join Wildlife Queensland today – and help us make the environment a priority for decision-makers!

HOW WE DO IT

We are a non-profit incorporated association with no political affiliations. We have over 5000 supporters linked through a simple structure consisting of an elected governing council, specialised staff and dedicated volunteers at head office in Brisbane and branches throughout the state.

Our members come from all walks of life – professionals, retirees, students, enthusiastic amateurs from a huge variety of backgrounds in business, industry, agriculture, government, the arts, science, education - all with a common interest in wildlife and our natural environment. As individuals, we all have unique talents and experiences. In a community group, we can learn from each other, build on these talents and be more effective and influential where it matters most.

What distinguishes us from other conservation groups is our network of branches across Queensland, providing grassroots knowledge and action at the local level. Our strength lies in our ability to translate problems into practical solutions - community participation, however small or large, is the key.

Our budget is small – but our passion for the cause is big. We don’t let monetary shortfalls deter us from achieving our goals – there’s no quick wins in conservation. When you donate to Wildlife Queensland, you know that your generosity pays off and your contribution is evident.

Join our Wildlife Protector Program today and help us plan for the future survival of wildlife in Australia!

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Do you want to know about wildlife and what is happening in the environment? We’ll help you discover your local wildlife and ways in which you can enjoy nature by learning more about it.

Would you like to make sure the right decisions are made for wildlife in Queensland and in your region? We’ll be your voice for wildlife when decisions are made that affect the environment. We create opportunities for your voice to be heard.

How can you protect Queensland’s wildlife into the future? Work with us on important and exciting projects that support our state’s amazing wildlife. You and your friends can learn the skills to make your home a home for wildlife too.

We have wildlife experts at hand to assist with questions, concerns and suggestions. Come share our passion for wildlife and let us know how we can help you to help wildlife.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US

There are many ways you can contribute to the work of Wildlife Queensland. We welcome support in many different shapes and sizes: become a member or a wildlife protector, volunteer your time on a project or subscribe to Wildlife Australia Magazine. See how you can Support Us.

WILDLIFE QUEENSLAND RESEARCH GRANTS

Wildlife Queensland runs a Student Research Grants Program available to students at Queensland Universities. Five grants of $1000 each are awarded each year. Applications open in March each year and close on 30 April.

Eligible research projects are those 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. These include biodiversity conservation, vegetation communities and regional ecosystems.

YOUR VOICE FOR YOUR WILDLIFE AWARDS

Every year Wildlife Queensland recognises the achievements and efforts of our members through our special award ceremony held at the annual dinner in September.

The categories are:

  • A successful Wildlife Qld campaign in your region
  • A new or ongoing Wildlife Qld project involving the community
  • The Quiet Achiever Award
  • The Margaret Thorsborne Award for an outstanding contribution by a member.

Please submit your nominations by 31 July.

SUSTAINABILITY

Wildlife Queensland recognises that sustainability involves the responsible management of resource use today - across environmental, economic, and social dimensions - without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. By ensuring our actions are sustainable, we reduce our environmental footprint and help preserve our valuable natural resources.