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First Threatened Species Commissioner Announced

4 July 2014

Zoos Victoria has welcomed the appointment of Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner, Mr Gregory Andrews to help stem the tide of extinctions in Australia. In his role as Commissioner, Mr Andrews will bring a new national focus to the conservation efforts for Australia’s endangered native flora and fauna. 

We’re also delighted to announce Zoos Victoria’s Director of Wildlife, Conservation and Science Rachel Lowry has been appointed as one of four advisors to the Commissioner and has been invited to join the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Environment which offers advice to Minister Greg Hunt across his entire portfolio.  

“I feel privileged to have been selected as an advisor to Mr Andrews and to take a seat on the council. We’ve reached a critical time in the national extinction crisis and I’m relieved to know that we will have one voice in Canberra,” Ms Lowry said.

“It will be great to have a practical and coordinated approach to managing threatened species for the benefit of our native species,” she said.

Ms Lowry will be joined by three other highly regarded experts, including:

  • Professor Helene Marsh – one of Australia’s leading experts on marine mammals and Chair of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee.
  • Atticus Fleming – who leads the Australian Wildlife Conservancy which is achieving tangible results turning around threatened species declines.
  • Samantha Vine – Head of Conservation for BirdLife Australia, where she manages a diverse portfolio of conservation policies, threatened species projects and campaigns. 

Ms Lowry’s appointment as a representative of Zoos Victoria demonstrates how the organisation has quickly become a key player in the fight against the extinction of some of Australia's rarest and most threatened species. 

One of Mr Andrew’s first actions as Commissioner will be to develop a plan of priority actions to prevent extinctions and halt the decline of Australia’s most threatened species.

Find out more about the Threatened Species Commissioner.