Federal funding for the Recovery Program for the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black Cockatoo has been cut.
The South Australian Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorynchus lathami halmaturinus) disappeared from the South Australian mainland a number of years ago and is now only found on Kangaroo Island. The island population was also severely reduced in numbers due to loss of suitable nest trees and feeding habitat (Large sugar gums for nesting and Drooping Sheoak woodland for feeding. Its primary food source are the seeds of the Drooping Sheoak).
A Recovery Program has been running on Kangaroo Island for fourteen years and has increased the population from 150 to 350 birds. This number of birds is unlikely to be self sustaining and scientists believe that the program should run for several more years before this species can survive without intervention.
At a cost of $100,000 per annum (a mere drop in the budget) we have the moral obligation and privilege to be the catalysts for the cockatoo’s survival.
If you feel as I do about this species please sign this petition and add any personal comments you may like. This petition may remain anonymous if you so indicate.
We, the undersigned, call on State and Federal Goverments to provide ongoing funding of $100,000 per annum to support Kangaroo Island's Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Project.
The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is an iconic bird for Kangaroo Island, displayed in art galleries and wine labels throughout the area. These rare and spectacular birds are a big attraction for many bird watchers and tourists to South Australia and a thrill for any person lucky enough to encounter one.
Unless urgent funding comes through to support this Recovery Program we run the risk of losing Australia’s most endangered cockatoo.
The Australia’s Rarest Cockatoo Threatened by Lack of Funding petition to Local, State and Federal Government was written by Glenys Davey and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.