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Brush-Tailed Bettongs Journey From WA To YP

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36 brush-tailed bettongs have recently made the 2,000km journey from WA to the Yorke Peninsula, where they’ve been locally extinct for more than a century.

It was a milestone moment for Marna Banggara, an ambitious project to restore lost species to the landscape of southern Yorke Peninsula.

The 36 bettongs were chosen from a healthy population in Western Australia, 300km south of Perth.

Another 44 bettongs from Wedge Island in SA were also released on Yorke Peninsula this month, following on from 40 others which were reintroduced to the YP in August last year.

Each of the tiny marsupials were given health checks and fitted with tracking devices before being released.

Brush-tailed bettongs once inhabited more than 60 percent of mainland Australia, but introduced predators like feral cats and foxes, and habitat loss pushed the species to the brink of extinction.

They are now only found in small pockets of Western Australia, offshore islands in South Australia, and a handful of fenced sanctuaries.

Other locally extinct species like the southern brown bandicoot and western quoll could eventually be reintroduced as part of the Marna Banggara program to support the ecosystem.

A 25km predator control fence has been built across the foot of the peninsula to protect the native species.

Photo: By Media Relations WWF Australia