LETTER: We need to be the guardians of our wildlife

AUSTRALIA has many wildlife wonders and people from all over the world visit to observe them.

They take back with them stories and memories to tell of viewing or capturing via camera, such a wonderful cornucopia of wildlife that exists within this country.

It is estimated that more than 80% of our wildlife wonders - including kangaroos, koala, canis dingo, monotremes, wombats and quolls as well as our 828 bird species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species - are unique to Australia.

Our waters are also home to over 4000 fish species, 50 marine mammals, not to forget our two species of crocodiles.

Our wildlife species should make us feel proud to be Australian and to protect what is rightfully ours.

Once gone, they are gone forever.

Australia has 96 critically-endangered animal species. Do we really want to see the extinction of our most precious wildlife?

Now is the time we must rise up and take on the role of guardian and protectors of animals, so kudos to Meghan Halverson from Queensland Koala Crusaders (Daily, December 14).

Let's follow her example.