Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.
The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a biodiversity hotspot with many plant and animals species found nowhere else in the world.
Wet Tropics executive director, Andrew Maclean said species richness and diversity in the region is staggering.
“Invertebrate fauna in the Wet Tropics is the richest in Australia and includes 230 butterfly species, 135 dung beetle species and 222 species of land snails. We have 663 different species of vertebrates and 65% of Australia’s fern species.
“With figures like these it’s no wonder the Wet Tropics is ranked the second most irreplaceable World Heritage Area on earth,” Mr Maclean added.
“We are encouraging the community to step outside and explore the Wet Tropics during Biodiversity Month, to marvel at the many species of plants and animals that live here and to understand the significance of this precious gift we have in our care,” Mr Maclean said.
Wet Tropics Management Authority Biodiversity Month events in September
The Wet Tropics will have a yellow crazy ant information stall at Isabella State School Community Expo on Wednesday 3 September from 2.00pm. Isabella State School has a yellow crazy ant infestation near their school.
The Authority will have a biodiversity stall at Carnival on Collins on Sunday 7 September. Carnival on Collins also falls on Threatened Species Day. The stall will feature our ‘roving cassowaries’ who will be handing out Wet Tropics promotional material.
The Authority has also coordinated a series of talks at the Cairns Botanic Gardens on 20 September. The talks feature leading research scientists that specialise in biodiversity in the World Heritage Area.
Throughout the month of September the Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program will be promoting tour companies that offer an exceptional World Heritage biodiversity experience.