Contributor · Australian Wildlife Conservancy




Australian Wildlife Conservancy's work is fundamental to the conservation of native species. The largest private owner and manager of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife across more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Top End. Recognising that ‘business as usual’ for conservation in Australia will mean additional extinctions, AWC is developing and implementing a new model for conservation.


AWC was borne out of one man’s mission to turn back the tide of extinctions of Australia’s native species. Starting with one property in south Western Australia, Martin Copley began a journey which would lead to the creation of Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the creation of a new model for conservation.


Through support from donors and innovative partnerships with Indigenous groups, governments and landholders, AWC now owns, manages or works in partnerships at 31 properties across the nation, covering almost 6.5 million hectares.


Through this network of large-scale wildlife sanctuaries in remote and iconic regions, such as the Kimberley, Cape York, central Australia and the Top End, AWC protects some of the nation’s most iconic and endangered wildlife including:

  • 74 per cent of native mammal species (215 species)

  • 88 per cent of native bird species (546 species)

  • 54 per cent of reptile species (555 species)

  • 56 per cent of amphibian species (133 species)