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Back from the Brink, Saving Victoria’s Threatened Orchids- Department of Sustainability & Environment in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne; Australasian Native Orchid Society Victorian Group; Parks Victoria; Melbourne Zoo; University of Melbourne; Victoria University; RMIT University, VIC

The Victorian threatened orchid recovery project aimed to restore one of the world’s great temperate terrestrial orchid floras of which over one-half of the 380 are threatened.  The project covered 80 species of highly threatened orchids, has protected over 150 populations of 50 threatened orchid species, and has saved four critically endangered orchids from extinction.
The project is a partnership of the Department of Sustainability and Environment Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Australasian Native Orchid Society Victorian group, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Zoo, University of Melbourne, Victoria University and RMIT University, backed by a network of over 40 agencies and community groups across Victoria, interstate and overseas.  
“Saving Victoria’s Threatened Orchids” project is unique in Australia by virtue of the numbers of orchids under protection and organisations contributing to their conservation.  The success to date provides a solid foundation to continue the work to achieve protection for all of Victoria’s wild orchids.


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