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Threatened Species Day 07 September 2022
Schools Collaborative Artwork Project

Download a painting template with a species guide here

4pm: Children’s bat art activity at the Gallery.  

4.30pm Official opening of the Schools Threatened Species Collaborative Art Project installed outside the Gallery.

4.45-5pm: Walk to the Bairnsdale Gardens Rotunda and see the rest of the installed Schools Threatened Species Collaborative Art Project.

Everyone is welcome. FREE

National Threatened Species Day is commemorated across the country on September 7th to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction. It is commemorated annually on September 7th, the anniversary of the death in captivity of the last known thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger.

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Over the last 200 years, more than 100 animal and plant species have become extinct.


Thank you for participating in this exciting project and learning more about some of the native animals in the East Gippsland Shire that are threatened with extinction. We hope that engaging in this project has prompted some thinking and some research about the pressures faced by native species, particularly the specific habitats they need to survive and action that can be taken to prevent extinction.

Completed animals need to be delivered to East Gippsland Art Gallery, 2 Nicholson Street Bairnsdale by Tuesday 06 September and we will display them outside on the grounds of Gallery. On Wednesday 07 September 4.30pm we will be having a special event to commemorate Threatened Species Day. Everyone is welcome. Stay tuned for workshops and more info

For further information on threatened species in your local area visit:

Threatened Fauna East Gippsland Shire (SWIFFT)


Meet Victoria's threatened species and learn more about some of Victoria’s threatened species including Victoria's faunal emblems and find out how you can help

Meet the 27 Australian animals Zoos Victoria are fighting to protect. These species are on the brink of extinction due to a range of threats. A lesser recognised but very real threat to these species, is that many Victorians do not know they exist, or how they can help. We think the only thing more unjust than wildlife extinction, is the loss of a species that no one knew was in trouble.


When completing the art activity, please remember:

  • Only use acrylic paint (water-based or gauche are not suitable).

  • Please include the artist's name and school on the box below the animal so we can return the pieces to the correct school. This can be done in black texta.

  • Both sides should be painted over with a clear gloss, including around the edges. This will protect the work which will be out in the weather.

  • Each cut-out has a numbered code on the back that corresponds with the painting templates to be used as a guide for the artists.

For any support or further information contact: Brit White, Arts Learning Coordinator, East Gippsland Art Gallery | Tel 5153 1988

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