Glossy black-Cockatoo Recovery program 

Donate now or download a donation form to support the Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program on Kangaroo Island.Glossy Black-cockatoo female (Photo Ray Tipper)

You can help Kangaroo Island to protect its precious wildlife and habitat for the generations to come.

At Nature Foundation we are committed to supporting important conservation programs that make a real difference on the ground. We've partnered with Natural Resources Kangaroo Island to give everyone a chance to support some of the important conservation projects on Kangaroo Island that need your help.

The Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program 

The Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program is one of Australia’s leading examples of how good governance, strategic planning, community commitment and appropriate resourcing can effectively reverse the decline of a critically endangered species. Now extinct on mainland Australia, the nationally endangered Glossy Black-cockatoo subspecies Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus has its last refuge on Kangaroo Island.

Reasons for the glossies decline include past clearance of vegetation, which has dramatically reduced critical drooping sheoak feeding habitat and large, hollow-bearing trees needed for nesting. These losses have been compounded by competition for remaining tree hollows from other species, including feral honey bees, little corellas and galahs, together with an over-abundance of common brushtail possums, a natural nest predator that eats eggs and nestlings, significantly reducing breeding success. 

Glossy Black-cockatoosThe recovery program started in 1995 with less than 160 Glossy Black-cockatoos in existence and has nursed the population back from the brink of extinction, doubling the population of glossies on Kangaroo Island to over 360 birds and helping them to spread eastwards across the island.

Unfortunately a devastating fire significantly impacted much Glossy Black-cockatoo habitat on Kangaroo Island during the summer of 2019/2020. Assessments of habitat and the cockatoo population are continuing and recovery activities are underway. For the latest update see the most recent edition of the recovery program's newsletter, Chewings.

All recovery program activities are guided by the Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Plan, a strategic document developed by technical experts that describes the objectives, strategies and performance targets of the recovery program. The recovery program is also advised by the expert and experienced Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Team.

The main focus of the program has been planting drooping sheoaks for the birds to feed on, protecting hollow-bearing trees from invaders and conducting nest maintenance to improve breeding success. Post-bushfire recovery will be a significant focus of the program in coming years.

We invite you to donate (once-off or regular monthly debit) to the Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program to:

  • help with habitat recovery after the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires on Kangaroo Island
  • ensure this iconic species persists in South Australia and expands to the mainland
  • support valued wildlife relied on by Kangaroo Island’s nature‑based tourism industry, which underpins the local economy
  • maintain the unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island for the appreciation of all who live and visit here
  • support the stewardship efforts of the Kangaroo Island community
  • address key knowledge gaps to improve recovery efforts
  • refine recovery techniques for use Australia-wide.

Donate Now

Help save and protect the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-cockatoo population by donating to our Glossy Black-cockatoo Rescue Fund. Your contribution - no matter how small - will help fund vital conservation work. Please donate now or click here to download a donation form.

All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

You can also donate via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to:
Bank details: BSB: 105900 Account No: 963747240

Name: Nature Foundation
Description: (Your name and) GBC

Please email [email protected] to advise you have made an EFT.

Since 1 January 2020, the Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program has received many generous donations totalling $132,747 as at 21 May 2020. Thankyou to everyone for their support!

Recovery Program Sponsorship

As an individual, organisation or business there are opportunities for you to become a recovery program sponsor. Download the Glossy Black-cockatoo prospectus to find out more.

Please get in touch with our partners at Natural Resources Kangaroo Island to discuss sponsorship opportunities and to tailor an offer to suit your needs and budget.