Wild Deserts

Reintroducing locally extinct mammals to Sturt National Park

 

Wild Deserts is an exciting new partnership between the University of New South Wales and Ecological Horizons, in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the Office of Environment and Heritage, with a vision to understand, restore and promote desert ecosystems.

                                        

The project aims to bring back seven locally extinct mammals to the NSW corner country, using large fenced exclosures and a range of innovative predator control and research techniques in Sturt National Park.

Wild Deserts will use specialised netting fences to exclude feral predators and herbivores such as cats, foxes and rabbits, before reintroducing mammals that were once widespread in NSW but have not been seen for over a century.

                                                    Specialised netting fences will be used to exclude predators and rabbits

The mammals to be reintroduced are the greater bilby, western barred bandicoot, golden bandicoot, greater stick-nest rat, burrowing bettong, crest-tailed mulgara and the western quoll. 

         

                               

          Photos from top left to bottom right: H McGregor, B Parkhurst, J Dunlop, H Stewart, H McGregor, R Pedler and K Moseby. 

The Review of Environmental Factors for the project is currently on public display and can be viewed at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/sturt-national-park-review-environmental-factors-reintroduction-locally-extinct-mammals.htm

A project factsheet can be downloaded here

Keep up with regular project updates through our Facebook page @WildDeserts.

 

Research Program: 
Reintroductions
Research Themes: 
Conservation Practice
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