Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has reintroduced the Eastern Pygmy Possum to the heart of Australia’s biggest city, with the release of six of the tiny marsupials at North Head Sanctuary in Sydney this month. The possums, which are a threatened species in NSW, have been extinct at North Head for decades. Their reintroduction is part of AWC’s mission to reverse the tide of extinctions ravaging Australia’s mammals.Read more...
Wildlife translocations at North Head
The first native Bush Rats were reintroduced to North Head in July 2014 as part of AWC’s strategy to outcompete the abundant feral black rats on North Head. Prior to the reintroduction of native Bush Rats, the feral Black Rat was eradicated from the two release sites.
AWC is undertaking monitoring and research to:
- determine how Bush Rats use the landscape and establish home ranges at North Head following release;
- determine whether Bush Rats can defend territories against and potentially inhibit black rat invasion;
- measure the ongoing success of the reintroduction program and establishment of a sustainable population;
- examine social and behavioural interactions of reintroduced Bush Rats; and
- identify ongoing management measures to help sustain Bush Rat populations post-release.
Subject to further investigation, AWC is also planning to reintroduce other locally extinct species including Giant Burrowing Frogs.