Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Why AWC is Successful

AWC is successful because we are heavily focused on delivering practical on-ground conservation programs which are based on the best available science.

Goldian Finch at the Mornington Sanctuary
Gouldian Finch
Mornington Sanctuary

It is not enough to merely acquire a property for conservation. Native plants and animals will only be successfully protected if there is a significant investment in on-ground programs targeting feral animals, weeds and inappropriate fire regimes.

Over 80% of AWC’s staff are based in the field. Working in remote and often difficult conditions, our field personnel are the front line in the battle against feral animals, weeds and the other forces that threaten Australian wildlife.

  • During 2008/09, more than 90% of AWC’s total expenditure was incurred on conservation programs. Less than 10% was spent on administration and fundraising combined.
  • The Board of AWC contains a unique mix of eminent scientists, such as Dr Tim Flannery, and successful businesspeople.
  • AWC operates at a "landscape scale", protecting wildlife on our sanctuaries and working with other landholders, especially our neighbours, to help protect wildlife across property boundaries.
  • AWC’s work is based on the best available science. We work in partnership with a wide range of research organisations including CSIRO, national parks agencies, universities and museums.
  • AWC believes in public education and allowing Australians to experience and enjoy the beauty of our wildlife and wilderness areas. We operate immersive visitor's programs at several of our sanctuaries including dedicated programs for school children.