Taking care of the earth and all of its occupants need to be protected. Almost 1000 different native animals and plants are at risk of being lost in our state. The Government of New South Wales established the Saving our Species (SOS) to take care of this issue.
Saving our Species (SOS) is the main program in the NSW that responds to the threat of species extinction. Their job is to conserve these plants and animals and keep them from being lost. The SOS is also the biggest commitment that has ever been made in New South Wales to conservation.
The program's objectives, Saving our Species, are to increase the number of the threatened species that have been secured and saved from extinction in the wild of New South Wales in the past 100 years and to control and reduce the threats that the threatened plants and animals are facing.
To achieve these goals, the SOS has invested in the conservation of more than 400 different ecological communities and threatened species. The SOS made concerted efforts to protect so many plant and animal species from the spotted-tailed quoll to the brush-tailed rock-wallaby.
They are dedicated to implementing policies aimed at protecting New South Wales' threatened species. Efforts to control threats include the eradication of weeds and the control of feral animals.
The SOS brought up the innovative project idea to reintroduce thirteen mammal species, at least, to the environment. Those were species that were already extinct in the New South West Area. It is one of the most significant novel achievements of the SOS.
The project has been able to reintroduce about sixty bilbies into a section of the Pilliga State's conversation area predator-free. For the first time in over a hundred years, the bilbies are running wild in the area.
The SOS also returned the Bellinger River's snapping turtles, which got critically endangered in their natural habitat between 2018 and 2019. A freak virus wiped out about 90% of their population in 2015. After they had been successfully put through a breeding program at the Taronga Zoo, the reintroduction was carried out.
Currently, the SOS team is tirelessly working to assess and understand the impact that the devastating bushfires that occurred in 2019 and 2020 would have on the area's vulnerable plants and animals. Once the damage has been accessed, the SOS would adapt their projects to cater to the damages and intervene wherever it's needed the most.
The SOS also collaborates with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). Together with the NPWS, they have saved the prehistoric and rare Nightcap Oak from the bushfires in NE New South Wales. They have provided supplementary food to the Mountain Pygmy Possums and the Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies, endangered. They are also introducing new strategies to help many other animals and plants to ensure their survival in the wild.
The SOS's job is made possible by the NPWS, scientists, volunteers, community groups, businesses, and the Government.