the fauna of the central wheatbelt –
reintroductions to Wadderin Sanctuary
Wadderin Sanctuary is a 430 hectare reserve, fenced to exclude foxes and
feral cats. Wadderin has a mix of
woodland and shrubland vegetation surrounding a
number of granite outcrops. The
conservation program at Wadderin was initiated by a local community group
in Narembeen with assistance from the Shire of Narembeen.
Wildlife Research and Management provides input to on-ground management,
assistance in sourcing funds, and in liaising with government
departments. Our staff have worked
with community members to reintroduced a range of species that include
Red-tailed Phascogale, Brush-tailed Bettong (Woylie), Brushtail
Possum, Southern Brown Bandicoot (Quenda), Western Brush Wallaby and Malleefowl.
Narembeen identity Mel Bristow checks a trap for
The first of these species, the Red-tailed Phascogale, was reintroduced
in April 2009 with funding from communications company Exetel
via the Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species (FAME).
Survival and recruitment to date have been high.
Reintroductions of brush-tailed bettong, brushtail
possum and southern brown bandicoot occurred in 2010 with support from WA
NRM funding. All species have
established, despite extremely dry conditions.
Short and Narembeen local Brian Price releasing a woylie at Wadderin
Photo credit: Vanessa Hunter (The Australian).
reintroductions of western brush wallaby and malleefowl
will be made through 2011 and likely tammar wallabies in 2012. This work, and the ongoing management of
the Sanctuary, is supported by FAME.
We are also working in partnership with community wildlife carers to source
western brush wallabies, with Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl
Centre to source malleefowl, and with the WA Department of Environment and
Conservation to source tammar wallabies.
Key partners: The Wadderin Committee of the, Shire of Narembeen, Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered
Species (FAME), Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl
Centre, and Department of
Environment and Conservation.