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Wild Horse Impacts to Australian Mountain Animals--Part Two

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 12:55AM by Registered CommenterLinda McMillan | Comments Off

Dr. Graeme L. Worboys has kindly shared this August 2015 report he prepared as a second part of his statement on Our Australian Alps are Changing--For the Worse:

Part Two: Wild Horse Impacts To Our Australian Mountain Animals

The “Australian Alps are Changing" …. Part Two: Impacts to our Australian Mountain Animals” statement is based on peer reviewed published literature, advice from many experts and the expertise, experience, active field research and observations of the author in the Australian Alps protected areas that spans a period of 42 years. The document is a private statement and responsibility for it rests with the author.

© This statement is available for general use, copying and circulation.


Citation: Worboys, G.L., (2015) Our Australian Alps Are Changing….For The Worse: Part Two, Impacts to our Australian Mountain Animals”, Canberra, Available at:

Acknowledgements: Appreciation is expressed to Sam Banks , Karl Bossard, Ken Green, Geoff Hope, Ian Pulsford and Chloe Sato for their inputs to and review of this statement.

Figures: The Australian Alps maps were prepared by Karl Bossard. Species location data for the maps was sourced from publicly available “Atlas of Living Australia” data.

Photo credits: Photographs presented in this statement were provided by Graeme L. Worboys unless otherwise identified.
Cover photo: The Mountain Pygmy Possum (Burramys parvus) in the hand of a zoologist/ researcher, Australian Alps national parks. Source: Australian Alps Liaison Committee


Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:14AM by Registered CommenterLinda McMillan | Comments Off



Here is a downloadable invitation to participate in the WCPA CC&M Executive.

We encourage you to read the attached invitation and if you are interested, to submit an Expressions of Interest

--Graeme Worboys and Larry Hamilton

Due to the retirement of WCPA Co-Vice Chair (CC&M) Graeme Worboys and Senior Adviser, Editor, Larry Hamilton at the Hawaii World Conservation Congress in September 2016, two vacancies will exist in the WCPA CC&M Executive.

This note is a call for expressions of interest for anyone who may be interested in taking on one of these important and stimulating global stewardship roles. The intent is to appoint two replacements during 2015 to ensure that there is overlap between the current incumbents and the new appointees to help achieve a smooth transition for the CC&M Executive.

NEW REPORT - Pest Horse Impacts in Australian Alps National Parks

Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 02:44PM by Registered CommenterLinda McMillan in | Comments Off

Horses are an introduced animal in Australia. Many have gone wild in Australia’s mountain national parks and have bred up into such numbers that they are impacting the mountain catchments and subalpine native animals and plants. These are the natural values for which the national parks has been established.

A new “observations” report has been prepared by our Mountains members Graeme Worboys and Ian Pulsford that clearly illustrates the extent of the damage to these nationally significant national parks. The report concludes that urgent and effective action is needed to end for ever these pest horse impacts; to restore the damage to the water catchments and to help conserve Australia’s native species.

For further information: Press Release

Cycling Silk moves on to Cyberspace 

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 02:01PM by Registered CommenterLinda McMillan | Comments Off

Cycling Silk was a 10-month, 10-country, 10,000-kilometer biking expedition along the Silk Road between Europe and Asia completed by Melissa Yule and Kate Harris. Their goal was to explore borderland wildernesses along the way, using bikes as vehicles for adventure, research, and environmental advocacy.

Click to show their route through Trans-Boundary Conservation Areas

Nik Lopoukhine sends an update about this incredible project "Cycling Silk" which the IUCN-WCPA Mountains and Connectivity Conservation group has promoted since its inception in 2006. The project was sponsored by The Wild Foundation and IUCN-WCPA, among other groups. It was the inspiration of two young women who wanted to find a way to effectively promote the value of trans-boundary protected areas and wildlife conservation.

A new video trailer now shows the immensity and beauty of that trip.

Please share this extraordinary story with your friends and contacts. We have been told that a book and longer videos about this project are in the planning stage. Congratulations again to Kate and Melissa!

Stay tuned for more information on their book and future movies that will keep promoting trans-boundary conservation for years to come...

Outputs from Parks Beyond Boundaries 2012 conference

Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:01AM by Registered CommenterLinda McMillan | Comments Off

Dr. Graeme Worboys has kindly forwarded valuable information from a recent event in Australia.  He and Dr. Stephen Woodley gave Masterclass presentations on landscape-scale conservation and ecological integrity at the Parks Beyond Boundaries 2012 conference at Adelaide, Australia on May 25.  This was the Fifth International Biennial Parks Forum Management and Leadership Conference.

Their presentations and other conference outputs can be viewed at:

Additional presentations from the main Parks Beyond Boundaries 2012 conference are also available in video form on YouTube:

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