THE Macedon Ranges is facing a biodiversity crisis, with many threatened species at risk of extinction, despite more than 376 animal species and 1457 varieties of native plants recorded in the shire.

A new interactive exhibition launched at the Kyneton Museum showcases the unique flora and fauna of the Macedon Ranges while exploring the threats to biodiversity in the shire and what people can do to help.

The exhibition entitled A Biodiversity Crisis: Animals and Plants of the Macedon Ranges brings together a collection of historical accounts of local species and photographs.

Visitors can get up close with a collection of animal specimens or even peek inside some natural tree hollows to see who lives inside.

Director of planning and environment Angela Hughes said that the natural environment of the Macedon Ranges ws unique and consisted of a high diversity of threatened habitat types.

“This exhibit will teach you about our existing local flora and fauna, but also about that which has been lost,” she said.

“We need to learn about the past if we are going to have any chance at protecting diverse species of the future.”

Schools are encouraged to express interest in participating in educational workshops and talks associated with this interactive exhibition.

The exhibition will run until February 27, 2022.

Adult admission price is $5.10 or $3.10 for senior/concession, and a family admission ticket is $10.20. No prior booking is required.

The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11am to 4pm. Public holidays may affect hours.

For more information, including school group bookings, call 1300 888 802 or email at museum@mrsc.vic.gov.au.

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