Southern Brown Tree Frog Litoria ewingii
Crimson Mallee - Gawler Ranges National Park
Pygmy Desert Monitor Varanus eremius
Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby Petrogale xanthopus


The Nature Conservation Society of South Australia is a voluntary body with members drawn from all parts of the State and all walks of life. The Society's primary objective is to foster the conservation of the State's wildlife and natural habitats. Our activities include:

  • protecting and managing habitats, particularly native vegetation
  • researching threatened species and habitats
  • working to ensure adequate park dedication, management and legislation
  • educating the community and all tiers of government
  • co-operating with other conservation groups and land managers

The Society is also active in public education through activities such as Sunday Walks with Nature program, general meetings and its journal Xanthopus.



Xanthopus Summer-Autumn 2019
xanthopus-summer-autumn-2019 In this issue: In the Chair Nature Advocate’s Report Projects Update Creature Feature: Grey-headed Flying Fox Features:   Library Celebration Influence of captivity on habitat choice of head-started juvenile Murray River Turtles...
Amongst It 2019 grants
amongst-it-2019-grants Are you a tourist operator? An indigenous group? A metropolitan or rural urban residents’ group? A sporting club? A conservationist? A winery? An artist?...
Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray
wap-for-river-murray The conservation and management of water in the Murray River continues to be of concern to NCSSA. In response the draft Water Allocation Plan...

2019 Conservation Biology Grant Winners 

This year we partnered with the Biological Society SA for the first time and attracted 28 applications.chuditch

Congratulations to the successful recipients:

Ellyse Bunney (The University of Adelaide) - "Securing the sustainability of sandalwood: a multi-isotope approach to provenancing"

Tessa Manning (The University of Adelaide) - "Conservation genetics of reintroduced western quolls (Dasyurus geoffroii) at Arid Recovery reserve"

Isabelle Onley (The University of Adelaide) - "Conservation genomics and adaptations of translocated greater stick-nest rats under climate change"

Hayley Jose (The University of Adelaide) - "Understanding the ecological role of mutualistic interactions between an endangered marsupial, fungi and plants to conserve ecosystem function"

We wish our 2019 grant recipients the best of luck with their studies, and we look forward to sharing the fruits of their hard labour with you in future editions of Xanthopus