Impact Investment: Artemis Nature Fund

Fight for the flight of a
rare parrot


With support from the Rendere Trust in forming a dedicated not-for-profit structure, the Artemis team has been able to activate a significant program of work in Australia’s Far North to bring the Golden-shouldered parrot from the brink.

The story behind the ARTEMIS Nature Fund is both confronting and epic. It talks to the demise of the Paradise parrot – the only Australian bird to be declared extinct since colonisation. This project has a single-minded focus; to prevent the same thing from happening to the Paradise parrot’s closest surviving relative, the Golden-shouldered parrot. Estimates suggest that there are just 770-1100 individuals left in the wild.

Artemis Station, a 125,000ha cattle station on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula, has long been a stronghold of the Golden-shouldered parrot and even here, numbers have fallen from several hundred to about 50 birds over the past 10 years.

Under the guidance of lead ecologist, Steve Murphy, station owners Sue and Tom Shephard are working with a team of scientists, volunteers and supporters, including the University of Queensland and the Thaypan and Olkola Traditional Owners, to understand and protect this vulnerable species.

The Artemis team are using a range of innovative conservation methods to restore breeding habitat for the parrot and keep it safe from predators.

Our process and contribution

The Trust guided the establishment of a not-for-profit structure to enable Artemis to platform the project and access government and private funding.

Artemis now has hundreds of supporters who are helping to raise awareness of the Golden-shouldered parrot and, in doing so, ensure the longer-term viability of the Artemis Nature Fund.  

Steve Murphy, Artemis Trust Secretary: 

“Having the ecological and land management know-how to do on-ground conservation work is only half the story. he other half is having a structure in place that can access and manage funding, provide a decision-making process and ensure compliance with critical operational factors, such as insurance.

”The Rendere Trust created this structure for our work on Artemis. Without their support, the current push to save Golden-shouldered parrot simply would not have happened.”

Rendere Strategic Director, Jim Phillipson:

“Backing compassionate and knowledgeable practitioners to work directly in the field is transformative for threatened species like the Golden-shouldered Parrot – and tremendously effective.

“Saving the parrot requires bold and coordinated action. The Artemis Nature Fund brings together the necessary expertise and support to make it happen, in real-time.”

Photo captions: Male Golden-shouldered parrot at nest. Photo by Barry Baker, with permission.

Tom and Sue Shephard. Photo by Braydon Maloney, with permission.