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Conservation of threatened mammals at Shark Bay

The Heirisson Prong project involves scientists working in partnership with a local community and a mining company to help conserve Australia's precious wildlife in the Shark Bay region of Western Australia.

In 2001 the Heirisson Prong project won the prestigious Banksia Gold and Community awards for “leadership, commitment and excellence in protecting and/or enhancing the environment”.  Earthwatch volunteers were fundamental to the success of the project for many years, assisting with fence construction monitoring of mammal species, and the monitoring of predator activity.

This is an ongoing project (see Overview), previously supported by CSIRO.  The current emphasis is on developing the second 5-year plan (the 1999-2004 Heirisson Prong Management Plan is available as a pdf), providing support to the Useless Loop Community Biosphere Project Group, monitoring the recovery of threatened mammals following a major build up in cat numbers in 1999-2003, and assisting with control of feral cats in a buffer zone beyond the barrier fence.

The focus of the project is the conservation of reintroduced populations of three native mammal species - the burrowing bettong, the western barred bandicoot and the greater stick-nest rat.

Client: Useless Loop Community Biosphere Project Group, Inc. with funding from Shark Bay Salt Joint Venture


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burrowing bettong (juvenile)
burrowing bettong (juvenile)

western barred bandicoot
western barred bandicoot

greater stick-nest rat
greater stick-nest rat


Contact

Project Leader

The Project is led by Dr Jeff Short
Director and Principal Research Scientist
Wildlife Research and Management Pty Ltd
Phone: 9293 3798
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