The management and effective conservation of Australian natural ecosystems includes a range of strategies such as the provision of bush corridors that link areas of habitat fragmentation.
Sand dunes at Cape Leeuwin, near Augusta (WA)
Using your knowledge of how ecosystems operate and are naturally sustained, suggest a rationale for the effective conservation of biodiversity within an existing Western Australian ecosystem of your choice. You will not be required to visit a site.
The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) is a large, flightless bird native to Australia. It is thought that there are only 1500 southern cassowaries living in the coastal rainforests of far north Queensland.
Do some research to find out about the current status of the southern cassowary in the wild and reasons why they are threatened. Briefly describe a range of managerial strategies that are currently being employed to prevent its extinction.
Use the following headings when constructing your answers.
More information about the cassowary can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/. Select ‘Biodiversity’ from the menu on the left, then ‘Threatened species and ecological communities’.
For the Southern Cassowary fact sheet, scroll down to the heading ‘Threatened Species Day fact sheets’ and open the ‘Southern cassowary’ link.
For the Southern Cassowary recovery plan, type ‘Recovery plan for the Southern Cassowary’ into the keywords search. Select the PDF named ‘Recovery plan for the southern cassowary – Casuarius casuarius johnsonii’.
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