Year 4 discusses land clearing with conservation biologist Natasha Cadenhead

The number one threat to Australia’s native animals is the loss of their natural habitat. This is largely due to land clearing for farming and the development of houses and roads for new and expanding urban areas.

But not all hope is lost. Keeping small patches of native vegetation such as remnant trees or, even better, small corridors of bushland have a significant and positive impact on the survival of animals, according to conservation biologist at the University of Melbourne, Natasha Cadenhead.

The children hooked up with Natasha via a Skype call on Wednesday morning and inundated her with many questions such as how many animal extinctions we have seen since white settlement to the importance of National Parks in protecting animals. Valuable learning all round. And great listening by the children.

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