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Media Release
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

7 December 2004

New online species information tool

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today welcomed a new online database for community and industry groups, which provides key information on threatened plants, animals and ecological communities.

Senator Campbell said the Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database, which is available on the Department's website, would help people make informed decisions on conservation activities for threatened species under the EPBC Act.

"SPRAT provides a profile of what a species looks like, where it is found, what it likes to eat, where it likes to live, how it moves about the environment and breeds and its protected status under the Act," Senator Campbell said.

"The database also provides an image of each plant and animal."

Senator Campbell said information was available on threatened frogs, reptiles, freshwater fish, marine mammals including whales and 12 plants groups.

"The database will expand and be updated as new information is available and species profiles are completed." he said.

"It is an excellent resource for educational activities."

SPRAT can be accessed at

Media contact:
Minister's office 02 6277 7640
Wayne Grant 0407 845 280

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