Tackling prey naïveté in Australia’s threatened mammals

Tackling prey naïveté in Australia’s threatened mammals

Predation from introduced cats and foxes is the major factor responsible for the extinction of wild native mammal populations and the failure of reintroductions of endangered mammals in Australia. Animals isolated 

from predators either evolutionarily or throughout their lifetime may not possess appropriate anti-predator behaviour. Attempts to train naïve threatened species to avoid predators have focussed on pre-release training of captive populations but there is very little evidence to suggest this leads to improved reintroduction success in the wild. The aim of this project is to improve the survival of extant and reintroduced threatened species populations by exploring prey naïveté to introduced predators and developing strategies for improving predator-avoidance behaviour. 

This project is a partnership between UNSW, Arid Recovery and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Project contacts; Dr Katherine Moseby (k.moseby@unsw.edu.au) and Dr Mike Letnic (m.letnic@unsw.edu.au)

Research Program: 
Threatened Species
Research Themes: 
Terrestrial Ecosystems

Updates for this project

Bilby Trapping Diaries

This is my first and last blog for my PhD field work at Arid Recovery Reserve, South Australia. Through my PhD I have been privileged to work with an iconic and charming threatened native mammal, the Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis).

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