The Commonwealth of Australia is the world’s largest island.  It is also one of the last great wilderness areas, with mountains, deserts, and almost a billion acres still largely untouched by industrial civilization.  Australia also has some of the world’s most expansive and important marine areas, including the 400,000-square-mile Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef.  Because Australia—unlike North America—did not experience multiple ice ages, it evolved untouched for millions of years, creating one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet.

By the numbers
  • 1st rank among nations in number of uniquely native mammal and reptile species

  • 36% of Australia’s oceans under some form of protection

  • 76 million acres of ecologically vulnerable land safeguarded as of 2013

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