Threatened species at Sydney Olympic Park

The 7th of September is Threatened Species Day, which marks the anniversary of the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in Hobart Zoo in 1936.

Sydney Olympic Park has a rich biodiversity of over 400 native plant species and over 250 native animal species. It includes over 200 species of native bird, 7 species of frog, 10 species of bat, 15 species of reptile, many native fish, thousands of species of invertebrates, and protected marine vegetation such as mangroves and saltmarsh.

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Green and Golden Bell Frog

This high species diversity and abundance in the geographic centre of a large and modern city contributes to Sydney Olympic Park’s high ecological, aesthetic and educational values.

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Saltmarsh. Image: Jon Irvine

Many of the species and ecological communities dependent upon the Park’s habitats were once widespread in Sydney but are now uncommon in urban areas. These are of conservation significance at a local, regional, state, national or international level. The Park currently supports three endangered ecological communities, three threatened plant species, three resident threatened fauna species and several threatened migratory fauna species such as migratory birds that travel to the Park from as far as Siberia and Alaska. The Park’s habitats also provide a stepping stone for nomadic or migratory animals moving between urban habitats, and a drought refuge for waterbirds from western New South Wales.

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Bar-tailed Godwit

Find out more on the amazing plants and animals at Sydney Olympic Park.

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