Bequests

Bequests

“Many  of Australia’s animals and plants can be found nowhere else in the world.  By making a bequest to Australian Wildlife Conservancy you will be helping to secure Australia’s unique natural assets for future generations.”

- Tim Flannery

Did you know that species like the Woylie have disappeared from more than 90% of their former range? Or that the Gouldian Finch, which once numbered in flocks of thousands, has declined to just 2,500 breeding birds in the last four decades?  Our wildlife is declining at an alarming rate, but by making a bequest to AWC you will be helping us to stop and reverse the tide of extinctions in this country.  

AWC now protects 15% of the global Woylie population (outside of AWC properties the Woylie is declining) and Mornington in the central Kimberley is a stronghold for declining species like the Gouldian Finch.  Your gift could mean the difference between survival and extinction for some of our most endangered species.

How will my gift help?

A bequest to AWC will make a lasting difference and could be used to help purchase a new sanctuary, reintroduce an endangered species such as the Bilby, or to assist in the long-term management of AWC’s reserves.

Making a bequest to benefit a cause close to your heart is a wonderful way to ensure your wishes today are carried out well into the future. A bequest to AWC will help protect Australia’s wildlife for future generations.

What kind of gift can I make?

We suggest you seek advice from a solicitor when drafting your will as the wording is very important.  Your solicitor will provide details about different types of bequests and what they may mean for you and your family.  For example, you may choose to leave AWC a specific sum of money, a gift of property, a percentage of your estate, or a residual bequest (i.e. whatever is left after all other gifts to family and friends have been deducted from your estate).  

Please note that bequests to AWC are now exempt from capital gains tax.  

More information

For information about the types of gifts you can make and the appropriate wording to use please contact:

Beth Reid, Development Officer
Phone: +61 8 9380 9633 | Email: bequests@australianwildlife.org


Leaving a legacy - Kathleen Hunt

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On 2 January 2011, Kathleen Hunt passed peacefully away, aged 105. AWC had lost a passionate advocate for Australia’s wildlife. Arriving in Australia from England in 1913, Kathleen’s first three decades in her adopted country coincided with the extinction of several Australian mammals including the Tasmanian Tiger (1936) and the Toolache Wallaby (1939). Several other animals would become extinct during Kathleen’s lifetime including the Lesser Stick-nest Rat and the Paradise Parrot. Around the same time that Kathleen retired from teaching at Manly Girls High School in 1960, the last Lesser Bilby – the AWC logo – quietly passed away somewhere in central Australia.

 

Kathleen had a great love of the Australian outback. She was an intrepid traveller, camping with the Sundowners Camping Group until well into her 80s. Her love of Australia’s wildlife and wild places – and her dislike of feral cats and foxes – never ceased. Kathleen was determined to leave a legacy in the hope that AWC could help ensure no more Australian animals disappeared forever.

 

Kathleen’s generous bequest will guarantee her contribution to the protection of Australia’s threatened animals continues long after her passing. Kathleen’s ashes are now at Scotia – the largest feral predator-free area on mainland Australia – where she rests in peace surrounded by her beloved Bridled Nailtail Wallabies, Greater Bilbies and many other threatened species.