What Does AWC Do?
AWC acquires land, and works with other landholders, to establish sanctuaries for the conservation of threatened wildlife and ecosystems. AWC now owns 23 sanctuaries covering over 3 million ha (7.4 million acres) in places such as north Queensland, the Kimberley, western New South Wales, Northern Territory and the forests of south western Australia.
AWC aims to ensure that its sanctuaries act as 'catalysts' for broader landscape scale conservation efforts. Accordingly, AWC works closely with its neighbours to also promote conservation beyond the borders of each AWC sanctuary.
Implementing Practical, On-Ground Conservation Programs
AWC is distinguished by its extraordinary commitment to the implementation of practical, on-ground conservation programs. Over 80% of AWC’s staff are based in the field where they implement programs including feral animal control, weed eradication, fire management and translocation of threatened species. A commitment to such programs is critical if the biodiversity on AWC sanctuaries is to be effectively protected.
Conducting Scientific Research
AWC works in partnership with universities, museums, the CSIRO and a range of other science organisations to conduct strategic research on key issues affecting Australian wildlife. For example AWC has PhD students undertaking research projects at Mornington, Faure Island and Scotia sanctuaries.
AWC hosts visitor's programs at some of our sanctuaries to promote public awareness of the plight of Australia’s threatened wildlife. This includes a program of school visits at Yookamurra and Karakamia sanctuaries.