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2016 News
Meet Maggie the wombat
Maggie the Wombat Hi, my name is Indi Dennis.

I am a regional adviser for the Australian Wildlife Society.

Several years ago my sister, Fiona, and I combined our creativity to create my new eBook "A Little Wombat Called Maggie". Maggie is an orphaned bare-nosed wombat joey who was rescued, raised and released by Farmer Joe and his wife Mrs Joe.

Essentially an educational kid's book, but great for anybody who might rescue a wombat as it has do's and don'ts of wombat care woven throughout the story. Fiona has beautifully illustrated Maggie, bringing the book to life!

My book is now available to download on for just $10.00, however so many people have asked me to provide a hard copy of the book.

Kobo sales can be found here - KOBO STORE

All proceeds of "Maggie" will go toward my own wildlife work, rehabilitating native animals and also teaching native animal care to others. So, today I am calling out for your help. I can't afford to have the book printed so am hoping to get support. Remember, funds go to continuing my wildlife work.

Please check out my wildlife website -
2015 News
Join the echidna hunt
Join in the echidna hunt! Did you know that the echidna is the symbol of our Society and that the echidna is featured on the 5 cent coin?

Following the successful launch of our 5 cent collection boxes last year, businesses and families are now collecting for us. Those of you who have not yet joined the echidna hunt are invited to do so.

If you are interested in collecting 5 cent coins to participate in this fundraising process, please contact us and we will mail a collection box to you. Use them at home or at your place of work, invite friends and colleagues to take one and invite your friendly local businesses to join in. By this means small individual efforts can lead to a grand achievement. The proceeds will be used for the Society’s programs, such as the university grants.

Once the collection box has been filled, just take it along to your nearest Commonwealth Bank. All the deposit details are printed on the bottom of the box.

Once the coins have been banked, let us know your details and how much has been banked and we will send you a tax deductible receipt.

Email us at for your collection box.
To raise the funds Margaret Deas completed 102 squats on her 102nd birthday.

Margaret Deas Margaret Deas is the oldest member of the Australian Wildlife Society. She turned 102 years young on 2 February 2015 and her goal is to raise funds to support Australia's precious native wildlife. She aims to encourage the younger generation to support and love Australian wildlife like she does. Margaret is donating funds raised to the Australian Wildlife Society. MORE »

To raise the funds she aims to complete 102 squats on her 102nd birthday.

She completed the challenge on the 2nd February 2015. Watch out for the upcoming story on the news. On completion we will be posting a video of the challenge on social media. Click here to view.

All funds raised will be contributing to one of Australian Wildlife Society's conservation projects. Click here to support Margaret Deas.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

2014 News
Great oaks from little acorns grow

Join in the echidna hunt! When our Director, Clive Williams, learned that William Ryan, publican at the Harold Park Hotel in Sydney, was collecting 5 cent coins in his business, Clive approached him to consider saving them for our Society. William was taken by the link between the echidna on the coin and the echidna we have as our Society’s emblem and readily agreed. Not only that, he arranged for Clive to speak to other hotels and businesses in his area. As a result we now have several businesses collecting coins on our behalf.

We have provided signs and collection boxes for those that required them. The Society has now decided to invite all of you, our members and friends, to participate in this fundraising process. We have purchased collection boxes which we will mail to those of you who request them. Use them at home or at your place of work, invite friends and colleagues to take one and invite your friendly local businesses to join in. By this means small individual efforts can lead to a grand achievement. The proceeds will be used for the Society’s programs such as the university grants.

Once the collection box has been filled, just take it along to your nearest Commonwealth Bank. All the deposit details are printed on the bottom of the box. Once the coins have been banked, let us know your details and how much has been banked and we will send to you a tax deductible receipt.

Email us at for your collection box.

2013 News
Past President appointed Member of the Order of Australia

We are delighted to announce that our Past President, Suzanne L Medway, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her significant service to wildlife conservation work and her dedication to the work of the Society over many years. MORE »

Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia rebranded Australian Wildlife Society
Australian Wildlife Society   After careful research the Board has decided to adopt and register a new brand name for the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia Limited.

Our new brand name is Australian Wildlife Society and will be used to position the Society as the leading Wildlife Organisation in Australia. We will attract new members to support the important wildlife conservation work of the Society which was established in 1909. Our national magazine has been called Australian Wildlife since the first edition was published in 1934.

We believe the new brand name has more engagement with the younger generation of Australians and we trust you will find it more appealing for wildlife conservation.
Wildlife Ecology Science Research Scholarship
University of Technology, Sydney Are you a full-time PhD candidate or Masters Research Student?
Does your project have direct relevance to the conservation of Australian native fauna or flora?

You may be eligible to submit an application for the newly established Australian Wildlife Society Research Scholarship to help you complete your degree.

Scholarship details: Scholarship valued at $5,000.00 for 1 year
How to apply: Click here and follow links to scholarships and prizes

Applications close: 28 February
Protecting ALL Australian Wildlife with new Native Title Act
Protecting ALL Australian Wildlife with new Native Title Act

All seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered, yet in many areas little or no regulations exist to control the take of these ancient seafarers

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia has joined with a coalition of wildlife conservation organisations that are all calling for the end to hunting and killing by anyone of vulnerable or endangered Australian wildlife.

The coalition is lobbying the present federal government to alter the Native Title Act of 1993 because the twenty year old Native Title Act allows the unrestricted hunting and killing of about fifty species of Australian native wildlife.

Some are listed locally and internationally as endangered or vulnerable to extinction.

Traditional hunting, fishing and foraging practices currently conducted in Australia under Aboriginal traditions and Islander customs target over 50 native wildlife species both terrestrial and marine. These include bustards, crocodiles, dugongs, echidnas, emus, fish, flying foxes, frogs, goannas, lizards, macro pods, magpie geese, mutton birds, possums, shellfish, and snakes, as well as fresh and saltwater turtles.

All the above have no limits or monitoring of numbers taken.

We therefore call for an urgent change to the Native Title Act 1993, so that any endangered or vulnerable animal or marine life is excluded from hunting and killing by any means, for any reason.

We are joined in this campaign by:

  • Animals Australia
  • Australian Anti Shark Finning Alliance
  • Australian Wildlife Protection Council
  • Australians for Animals
  • Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld
  • Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation
  • Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
  • Cee4life
  • Durong Dingo Sanctuary
  • Earthrace Conservation
  • Fourth Crossing Wildlife
  • International Anti Poaching Federation
  • Koala Hospital Port Macquarie
  • Koala Preservation Society NSW Inc
  • KoalaTracker
  • RSPCA Queensland
  • Sea Shepherd Australia
  • Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter
  • Wildlife Protection Association of Australia
  • Wombat Awareness
For more information including links to a full list of native animals that are endangered or vulnerable can be found here »

  Wildlife Native Title Coalition

You can help by writing or emailing our federal and state environment ministers:

The Hon Tony Burke MP:
Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage

Greg Hunt MP:
Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage

We ask you to unite on this and protect all our wildlife in one hit.
Birth of a musk duck
Birth of a musk duck

Our Regional Advisor for Western Australia, Simon Cherriman, was blessed with good luck when he went to check on a musk duck nest and found the eggs hatching.

He recorded some footage of the first chick pipping out of its egg, then left a miniature video camera recording to monitor what happened. When he returned two hours later, he was thrilled to find he had captured the whole event on film!

You can see in the picture that this ducking, only hours out if its egg, still has a clearly visible egg tooth at the end of its bill. This is a unique feature of all birds and is needed to crack through the shell; the egg tooth is shed a few days after the young emerge.

The short film 'A Hatching Success' can be viewed below:

A Hatching Success from Simon Cherriman on Vimeo.
2012 News
National President Honoured
2012 NSW Seniors Week Achievement AwardSuzanne Medway received a 2012 NSW Seniors Week Achievement Award in the category Environment, Science, Agriculture. Her family and nominator accompanied Suzanne to the award presentation and cheered her on as she accepted the award from Graham Ross, the NSW Seniors Week Ambassador for this category.
2010 News
Suzanne Medway, President of the Australian Wildlife Society wins 2010 NRMA Helping People Awards
Suzanne Medway wins 2010 NRMA Helping People Awards   Every year across NSW and ACT, hardworking volunteers lend their helping hands to assist charities in their community. The NRMA Helping People Awards recognise the tireless contribution these people make.

Suzanne Medway has been awarded the 2010 Environmental Volunteer Award for her contribution to preserving Australia's wildlife.

Suzanne was born in Kogarah, Sydney, and educated at Kingsgrove High School and St George TAFE. She holds an Associate Diploma in Business (Office Administration) and is a Justice of the Peace for New South Wales.

She has had considerable experience at middle and senior management positions in commercial business including Seagram Limited, A & A Insurance, and served as Company Secretary for Australian Defence Industries (a multi-million dollar government defence company) prior to retiring. She has travelled widely and is familiar with most aspects of Australian wildlife conservation. Suzanne has had prior board experience serving as a director on the boards of the Business Enterprise Development Agency in Mascot and the Business Enterprise Centre in Southern Sydney.
She also served as Secretary and then Vice-President of the Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Brighton Le Sands Chamber of Commerce.

Suzanne has been a member of the Australian Wildlife Society since 1988 and was elected as Secretary/Executive Director in 2002. Since that time Suzanne has modernised the office administration, created and maintained the website, increased the membership base and raised the standard of the Australian Wildlife magazine to a very professional level, along with the new wildlife email Newsletter. Suzanne has also edited three books for the Society – Conserving Australia’s Wildlife (The History of the Australian Wildlife Society; Conservation Victories and Battles Yet to Win; 100 Years of Saving Australia’s Wildlife (The History of the Australian Wildlife Society 1909-2009).

Her experience and commitment over the past twenty years earned her Honorary Life Membership of the Society in 2008. Suzanne’s in-depth knowledge and experience prepared her well for her new role and she was elected President of the Australian Wildlife Society in March 2010.
Call for Australians to voice their opinion in the national kangaroo survey
Kangaroo Survey   The kangaroo may be an Australian icon which unites the country in sporting battle, however when it comes to managing its population there appears to be as many views as there are roos and this is making their effective management difficult.

A unique study has been launched to survey Australian views of their most famous national animal with the results used to help shape future management plans for kangaroos.
PhD candidate, Pip Chalk from the University of Western Sydney's School of Natural Sciences has created the online kangaroo survey as part of a study into the 'human dimensions' of roos.

Unlike many official reviews of kangaroo management plans which mostly attract interest from those with the strongest views and closest connection to kangaroo management, this internet-based kangaroo survey is designed to capture the widest diversity of Australian views and voices.

"The relationship between the Australian people and the kangaroo has traditionally been complex and is an on-going challenge for agencies charged with managing wildlife, ecosystems and agricultural land," says Ms Chalk.

She says better capturing of community views and greater communication between stakeholders could take the heat out of the kangaroo debate.

"Kangaroos polarise opinions and this makes them very difficult to successfully manage. "

"A kangaroo bounding across the Australian landscape can inspire awe, but for people who are adversely affected by its adaptability and prolific breeding it can represent a threat to the local environment. For some, the roo is a natural resource to be harvested and under the law it's a native Australian animal that is protected. "

In the kangaroo survey, participants are asked how the kangaroo makes them feel, what the animal means to the nation, their views on protection, culling and harvesting roos as a resource for food and other products.

The survey even includes a question about the television series that has become as iconic as the animal itself, 'Skippy the Bush Kangaroo'.

"Despite the place of the kangaroo in the Australian folklore and contemporary society, there is surprisingly little research into the attitudes and perceptions of Australians towards the animal. However, there is a growing international trend to collect data on community views of wild animals and use this to defuse tension between interest groups and help shape management plans which are more effective for the community and environment as a whole. "

To participate in the survey visit:
Election of Executive Directors – 2010
The Australian Wildlife Society is pleased to announce that Suzanne Medway has been elected as the 18th President of the Australian Wildlife Society at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Society on 7 April 2010. Suzanne has been a member of the Society since 1988 and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 2009 for her outstanding services to the Society. Suzanne was elected as the Honorary Secretary of the Society in 2002. MORE »
History of the Australian Wildlife Society released
We now have a new book on the history of the Australian Wildlife Society available. MORE »
2009 News
100th Annual General Meeting – 2009
The historic 100th Annual General Meeting of the Australian Wildlife Society Limited was held on Wednesday 25 February 2009 in Sydney. The Hon Carmell Tebbutt MP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, was the Guest of Honour and unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark this special occasion.
Centenary Celebrations
The Society’s Centenary year started with a Sydney Lord Mayor’s Reception, which was a great success. Life Members and long term members of the Society enjoyed a morning tea in the Lord Mayor of Sydney's reception rooms to mark the start of the Society's Centenary celebrations.

A Centenary Luncheon to celebrate 100 years of conservation work by the Australian Wildlife Society was held in Sydney on Friday 22 May 2009 in the presence of Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales.

Over one hundred members and friends joined our celebrations in the beautiful Cello’s Restaurant. Her Excellency gave an impassioned speech and unveiled a Centenary commemorative plaque.

For our Victorian members, a Civic Reception, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, was held on Monday 25 May. His representative for the evening was Dr Cathie Oke, who has a special interest in environmental issues.

On Thursday 2 July a civic reception was held in Darwin, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Graeme Sawyer. The Lord Mayor is also head of the Cane Toad Control Council.

Councillor Peter Matic, representing the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, hosted a reception for our Queensland members and supporters in the Brisbane City Hall on Wednesday 22 July.
2008 News
Centenary Membership
It is with great pleasure we invite new members to join the Society to mark our Centenary in 2009 by joining up during 2008. A special new Centenary Membership Certificate was launched on 5 January 2008 to mark our Centenary in 2009 and those new members wishing to receive a special Centenary Membership Certificate suitable for framing can do so by joining throughout 2008 and 2009 and paying a fee of $100. All funds collected through this method will go towards our wildlife preservation projects across Australia.

Existing and long term members are also invited to take out this new membership as well or to use it to introduce new members or family and relatives to the conservation work of the Society. Our aim is to expand our national membership by 2009, when we will be marking our centenary of conservation work across the nation. MORE »
2007 News
Society mourns the Death of Dr Vincent Serventy AM BSc BEd DSc
Patrick W Medway AM, President of the Australian Wildlife Society, expressed the great sorrow of both Council and Members on the death of their beloved President of Honour, Dr Vincent Noel Serventy AM, on Saturday 8 September 2007. He passed away in his sleep in a nursing home at Woy Woy, aged 91 years.

“He will be sadly missed by several generations of Australians who had the pleasure of meeting him, working with him or reading his many conservation publications. He was truly regarded by many of us as the ‘Father of Conservation in Australia’ and his wit and wisdom will be sadly missed,” Patrick Medway stated. MORE »
2006 News
A word about the bilby from the Australian Wildlife Society
Have you seen a bilby?

This shy little marsupial has a grey and white silky coat, long sensitive ears and pink pointed nose. With huge rabbit ears and soft grey fur it's easy to see the resemblance to rabbits, but that's where it ends. In earlier times, the guardians of the land knew that the bilby could be found all over Australia, but nowadays they can only be seen in certain remote places.

How is the Wildlife Preservation Society helping, and how can you help?

Members of the Australian Wildlife Society have been working since the Society’s foundation in May 1909 to preserve and protect Australia’s wildlife in all its forms.

The Wildlife Preservation Society is proposing to support a community driven bilby conservation program in the Northern Territory that will focus on the establishment of wild breeding populations of bilbies. The program will be run out of Yuendumu (which is approximately 150 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs) through the traditional guardians of that country in conjunction with the Central Land Council.

We invite you, a visitor to our website, to also help and support these programs with us to “Save the Bilby” by making a donation to the conservation work of the Society. MORE »
Centenary of the Australian Wildlife Society
The Wildlife Preservation Society was formed in 1909 and is dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s unique wildlife in all its forms. With this proud history behind us it now behooves us to plan for the future of our Society, its membership and the continued protection of our precious Australian wildlife.

Since its formation in 1909 the Society has maintained an important independent outlook and not been beholden to any government. To the contrary, the Society has been a fierce critic of poor performance by government officials and has lobbied hard to ensure that all agencies at all levels discharge their legal and moral responsibilities to ensure that our Australian wildlife is properly protected under the law. With a sound independent constitution, the Society has survived against hard times and in good times to the extent that with continuing good sound management and good leadership it will continue to flourish and make a real and ongoing contribution to protecting Australian wildlife in all its forms well into the future of Australia.

The Council of the Society is working towards a year of celebrations in 2009 to celebrate 100 years of wildlife conservation is Australia, commencing with a Centenary Luncheon, to be held in March 2009.

Keep an eye of this section of the website for further announcements about the Centenary celebrations.
National President Honoured
The National President of the Society, Patrick W Medway JP, was honoured in the 2003 Australia Day Honours. He has been made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to Australian wildlife conservation and the environment through environmental education and a range of organisations and committees concerned with the preservation of Australian wildlife and nature particularly for his outstanding leadership work for the Wildlife Society Preservation Society of Australia. MORE »
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