Rewilding the Desert: saving threatened species

by Conservation Volunteers Australia Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


Australian wildlife is facing an extinction crisis, with 31% of mammals extinct or threatened. Rewilding the Desert is aiming to bring back from the brink our threatened desert wildlife, with community volunteers and expert researchers joining together. The first step is an in-depth BioBlitz, establishing monitoring and research programs to better understand the ecological benefits and impacts of rewilding. Threatened species like quolls, numbats and bilbies will be progressively released.

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There has been an extraordinary extinction of highly distinctive Australian wildlife. The real significance of species loss is little understood and often over-simplified. But without doubt, we are losing - forever - the function that species contribute to our world's ecosystem regulation; through pest control, good soil and water quality, pollination and seed dispersal. Now is the time to act - before it's too late. We have successfully secured the land - we need your help to rewild it.


Perhaps you've heard about the program to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone National Park or Beavers into Scotland. The presence or absence of these species can have a huge and complex effect on all other species, from mammals to fungi. This project is the first key step in the Rewilding the Desert program, enabling comprehensive monitoring + research to be achieved, creating a big picture understanding of the ecological benefits and impacts of rewilding lost species back into the landscape

Long-Term Impact

This project will enable programs and activities within and beyond sanctuaries and reserves to recreate functional desert ecosystems. The program also is focused on engaging the community in growing and sharing open-sourced, evidence-based knowledge and sharing the knowledge gained on a global scale, to aid in the critical repairing of damaged lands/ecosystems and humanities long-term survival. We will proactively engage volunteers in this program to purposefully connect people with nature.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Rewilding the Desert overview
What is Rewilding?
About Conservation Volunteers
Brochure - Rewilding the Desert

Organization Information

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Location: Mount Pleasant, Victoria - Australia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Madeline Townsend
Mount Pleasant, Victoria Australia
$1,970 raised of $40,000 goal
58 donations
$38,030 to go
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