This heartfelt sentiment was shared by the Indigenous elders who sat by the campfire with us, gifting their knowledge and understanding of this place, lifting us up to walk alongside them as we do this urgent work of healing the country, healing ourselves.
Islands can usually have relatively low species richness, however, other islands like Hawaii or say Madagascar are extremely rich in biodiversity. Islands are known as hotspots of native and evolutionary marvels, playing a vital role as refuges of biodiversity. Refuges that once migrated to the islands from the mainland through the vast oceans. This is considered the theory of island biogeography.
Could it be that the same theory can be applied to wildlife in the mainland? National parks and protected areas have become the islands and places of refuge for wilderness and wild animals while we are the oceans in between them?
Tony Butt the big wave surfer and ocean scholar spills the beans.
Saved from logging and farming in 1915, the Lamington National Park is the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. The mountain peaks, waterfalls, and cliffs present are the remains of an ancient landscape that reach back into the history of planet Earth, some 300 million years.
"Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved."
Jane Goodall, primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace.