Impact Investment: Artemis Nature Fund

Fight for the flight of a
rare parrot


The Rendere Trust helped the Artemis team establish a not-for-profit organisation and structure to support and coordinate efforts to bring the Golden-shouldered Parrot back from the brink.

The story behind the ARTEMIS Nature Fund relates to the demise of the Paradise parrot, the only Australian bird to be declared extinct since colonisation.

To prevent the same thing from happening to the parrot’s closest-surviving relative, the Golden-shouldered Parrot, the owners of Artemis Station on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula, sought help from the Rendere Trust and other funders to establish a not-for-profit organisation.

The 125,000 ha cattle station has long been a stronghold of the Golden-shouldered Parrot, whose numbers are as low as 1,100 individuals in the wild.

Under the guidance of lead ecologist, Steve Murphy, station owners Sue and Tom Shephard are working with scientists, volunteers and supporters to restore habitat, understand this vulnerable species and trial new conservation methods to keep the parrot safe from predators. 

Our process and contribution

The Rendere Trust guided the establishment of a not-for-profit structure to enable the Artemis team 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 ensure the longer-term viability of the Artemis Nature Fund.

“Having the ecological and land management know-how to do on-ground conservation work is only half the story. The 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.”

– Steve Murphy, Artemis Trust Secretary

Photo captions: Male Golden-shouldered parrot at nest. Photo by Barry Baker, with permission. Tom and Sue Shephard. Photo by Braydon Maloney, with permission.

“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.”

– Rendere Strategic Director, Jim Phillipson