Wildlife

"How else could she (Elsa, the lion) know that it needed all the strength of my love for her to leave now and give her back to nature - to let her learn to live alone until she might find her pride - her real pride?"

JOY, ADAMSON - The Second Release

"A Platypus is a duck designed by a committee. "

ANON, ANON -

"What will happen to the spirit of this ancient dreaming land without the great mobs of kangaroos bounding across the song lines, energizing the land? Will the sunset and dawn mourn the passing of the creatures who danced in their light? "

SUE, ARNOLD -

"There was no magic encounter for me with a whale in the ocean; no being zapped by a whale as I snorkelled in their world. Nothing visible or capable of explanation. In fact, I'd never seen a whale. When I first witnessed their terrible death agony, I couldn't get the picture of a whale being harpooned out of my mind. It was a hideous mind-blowing sight. That day I recognised a purpose on the journey of my life. "

SUE, ARNOLD -

"Who will mourn the passing of our magnificent kangaroos? Who will remember how the bush once danced in rhythm with the thumping, jumping kangaroos who flew over fences - their great tails drumming on the earth? Who will remember the big red male kangaroo lying in the desert sun, his coat almost indistinguishable from the red earth from which he came? "

SUE, ARNOLD -

"I woke to heavy rain. Nothing particularly unusual about that apart from being in the desert, and it had been a 20-year dream to see Uluru with water pouring down her flanks. Arriving at Mutitjulu Waterhole carpark, I could see the water spider-webbing down and across the deep red rock. I stood in water shin deep beside the track, in awe of the magic I was witnessing… Birds were performing their morning chorus as usual but this time they were backed by a rhythm section of thousands of frogs. As I moved closer the ‘SHHHHHHHHHHSHHHHHH’ sound from the waterfalls and waterslides flowing over the rock chimed in, creating an orchestra and scene to touch anyone."

PETER , CARROLL -

"No matter how far I have traversed around this earth, I have yet to find another location that rivals Australia. Nowhere else on earth can you find such spectacular landscapes, such unique and fascinating animals, and such warm friendly people. This is why I will always call Australia home. "

ADAM, CROPP -

"Stand in despair anywhere old-growth forest has been clear-felled. All life has been replaced by blackened, poisoned desolation. Animals and birds have either fled or been killed, and baits are laid waiting for those that should return. And in these tortured places, the devastation is brutal and total. And this is what greed looks like. "

PETER, CUNDALL -

"This is what I love about the Kimberley... wild gorges, fresh water and there's always a chance of a barra taking your lure."

MALCOLM, DOUGLAS -

"We can only call ourselves Australian if we have a long-term future in this country and that means to live sustainably."

TIM, FLANNERY - at his Australian of the Year Presentation 2007

"The thylacine is now so rare,
It maybe isn't even there.
Or if it is, it might well think
It's safer to pretend extinct."

JOHN, HEPWORTH - The Tasmanian Tiger

"As for me, I believe that snakes are God's creatures, too, and trust that they think the same as me in relation to that Great Anaconda in the sky."

JOHN, HEPWORTH - Around the Bend

"We need to act now. Otherwise the biodiversity that makes Australia so wonderfully unique is going to be lost to us forever."

KRISTY, HINZE -

"Eighty-two percent of Australia's bird species and two thirds of Australia's mammal species can be found on our (Australian Wildlife Conservancy) reserves. We put teams of people on the frontline in the battle against feral animals, wildfires and noxious weeds. Science underpins everything we do."

KRISTY, HINZE -

"I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment. "

STEVE, IRWIN -

"My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the past. Every time you lose an animal, it's like losing a brick from the house. Pretty soon the house just falls down, you know? "

BINDI, IRWIN -

"Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior. "

STEVE, IRWIN -

"I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it."

STEVE, IRWIN -

"I feel like I'm nothing without wildlife. They are the stars. I feel awkward without them. "

BINDI, IRWIN -

"As the world becomes more environmentally aware, I believe that we must as individuals recognize the magnificence of our natural world, and feel a sense of accountability for our actions which affect it. "

BOB, IRWIN -

"I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction. "

STEVE, IRWIN -

"Crocodiles are easy,' Steve said. 'They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first."

TERRI, IRWIN - Steve & Me

"I have seen Tasmanian devils battle over a carcass. I have seen lionesses crowding a kill, dingoes on the trail of a feral piglet, and adult croc thrashing its prey to pieces. But never, in all the animal world, have I witnessed anything to match the casual cruelty of the human being."

TERRI, IRWIN - Steve & Me

"When you help an animal, do your absolute best to make sure you don’t harm it at the same time, and Never walk past a problem with an animal—fix it."

TERRI, IRWIN - Steve & Me

"Until the day comes when the senseless killing ends, we will all have to fight like wildlife warriors to protect our precious planet."

TERRI, IRWIN - Steve & Me

"I am motivated by a passion for nature. Acknowledging the loss of many of our unique wild places and creatures, it has become my objective as a photographer and publisher to inspire others to champion their protection. I believe we inherited a world in balance and we should be ever vigilant in maintaining that balance."

STEVE, PARISH -

"As a naturalist, photographer, publisher and promoter of Australia and its natural history, I have immersed myself in the natural world for the past five decades... However, on my journey, at both a business and personal level, I wrestled with what my contribution should be to the protection of the plants, animals and habitats I was photographing. After all I knew well that human help was required to conserve these places and their wild inhabitants."

STEVE, PARISH - Steve Parish 50 Years Photographing Australia

"Educating others was my primary objective in starting the company. It wasn't just about taking spectacular images, although that is extremely rewarding, too. It was about promoting an understanding for the importance of nature. The first step has to be to light a fire in someone - inspire them to learn more, inspire them to genuinely become one with nature, urge them to connect with it and to celebrate its beauty and diversity. Then let's talk about saving it. "

STEVE, PARISH -

"My dream is that this generation can stand up and make a difference and champion nature. In 1992, I decided that to win the war I needed to focus more on the kids. After all, the adults didn't seem to be listening. The kids are the frontline for the environment now. So today, my work and my company's work is very much focussed on encouraging young people to love nature, to live within the natural world, to question and search and discover, and most importantly, to follow their dreams and live their passion. Kids today are very aware. They do care about what is happening to their inheritance, but we all still have so much to learn about Australian wildlife. The war on wildlife is still far from over. "

STEVE, PARISH -

" It truly was astonishing, the depth and breadth of this land. I really felt a calling to show it to others; to ensure that we not only appreciated what we have down here, down under, but that we were willing to protect it, too. At the time I started Steve Parish Publishing, environmental issues were only just coming to the fore. People were beginning to question what we were doing to nature. I still feel that nature is under attack and it is enormously frustrating that we continue to march hell-bent on destroying what we love and what is necessary for us - both spiritually and materially - as it is for all life forms. "

STEVE, PARISH -

"I realised that, unless I was to become a politician or a researcher, my only real contribution could be to build a publishing enterprise based on sound commercial principles, that would ignite in others a passion for the natural world. I chose to target children of all ages. I soon found I was able to create, produce and sell products that celebrated nature and inspired a personal connection with its beauty and fragility. I knew that my young audience, having made a connection, would grow up believing in the magic of nature. When environmental issues arose, these children, now adults, would lend their voices to make the collective environmental consciousness stronger. This is my drive and has been my reason for being for the last half a century."

STEVE, PARISH - Steve Parish 50 Years Photographing Australia

"Nothing could have prepared me for the awesome moment, or for the beauty and majesty of this huge fish at home in its natural environment... I am able to cruise alongside the huge whale shark, pause to wonder at its size and grandeur, absorb the slow swing of its tail fin and its calm glide just below the surface of the ocean... Huge they may be, but the grace and poetry of the movement of these whales is awesome."

REVEREND BEATRICE, PATE -

"This time I hear dingo
always at the edges slinking away."

JENNIFER, RANKIN - Littorals

"Black cockatoo
you have grafted yourself onto that tree

Yesterday you staked out your claim in the air.
Today you survey it."

JENNIFER, RANKIN - Black Cockatoo

"There is nothing more delightful than to scoop up a wild joey in your arms and smell the wind and eucalyptus in the coats of the gentle kangaroo or the deep-earth smell of tiny wallabies. It is wonderful to see the trust in their eyes and the gradual realization that you mean them no harm. "

STELLA, REID -

"The love I have for our wildlife is so great, it fills my world. After Black Saturday I saw a world that was black and white, void of animals and humans. What I missed most was the love and life of living with the wildlife. Each day I think of the ones gone and there is a deep hole in my heart. I did not miss the humans or the sounds they make, I missed the animals the sounds of peace and love that came from them. Such beauty and harmony with nature, only animals can be that smart. "

STELLA, REID -

"In Norman Lindsay's Magic Pudding, the wonderful koalas Bunyip Bluegum and Uncle Wattlebery represented a new society, one that was rich in the extreme. The Magic Pudding - Albert, represented everything this country had to offer and it appeared it would never run out. The come again, come again pudding, a land of plenty, a land of abundance, a land which had so much promise and still does.

As the Koala Woman, I have come to know that the koalas may run out, that our forests could be depleted and that we all have to work together to save it all. It is not too late, but we must hurry and I am confident that if we do, Australia could lead the world in sustainable practices. I am confident we can do it, together, because I know there are many on this beautiful gorgeous planet of ours that love the bush as much as I do.
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DEBORAH, TABART - Australian Koala Foundation.

"When you look a great ocean predator in the eye you glimpse a perfection born from a time before men walked the earth. The animal is innocent of our failings, it is at one with the environment that supports it and you feel humbled at the privilege of that precious moment. "

VALERIE, TAYLOR -

"People fear sharks with an unreasonable terror. They say the only good shark is a dead one never considering they have right to a place on this planet equal to our own. They have a role to play in the health of our ocean. Nature in her wisdom does not make mistakes, only we humans do. "

VALERIE, TAYLOR -

"O, I love to be by the Bindi, where the fragrant pastures are,
And the Tambo to his bosom takes the trembling Evening Star -
Just to hear the magpie's warble in the blue-gums on the hill,
When the frail green flower of twilight in the sky is lingering still."

FRANK, WILLIAMSON - The Magpie's Song