Located in southwestern Australia, the Great Western Woodlands is the world's largest intact temperate woodland ecosystem. Spanning approximately 16 million hectares (40 million acres), it is as biologically rich as Africa's Serengeti Plain.
Similar ecosystems around the world have been lost due to agricultural pressure, urbanization and logging. Globally, only five percent of temperate woodlands are under permanent protection. While the Great Western Woodlands remain in excellent condition, it faces serious threats due to lack of active land management and uncontrolled wildfires.