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Reconstructing 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.

Local Narembeen identity Mel Bristow checks a trap for
red-tailed phascogale

 

 
Mel checking trap

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.

A radio-collared
 red-tailed phascogale

 
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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.

Jeff Short and Narembeen local Brian Price releasing a woylie at Wadderin Sanctuary. Photo credit: Vanessa Hunter (The Australian).

 
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Ongoing 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.

Popular article: Landscope article (pdf)

Local news report: Farmers befriend phascogale (jpg)


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