Scotia Sanctuary - Conservation Programs
Bridled Nailtail Wallaby – Scotia Sanctuary
Six of the world’s rarest mammals can be brought back from the edge of extinction by helping AWC’s project at Scotia. It is a vitally important project for Australia and the planet.
- Sir David Attenborough
At Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary in western NSW, Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is undertaking one of the world’s most ambitious biodiversity reconstruction projects: the re-introduction of 6 threatened mammal species into the wild, including the Woylie, the Bilby, the Numbat, the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, the Boodie and the Stick-nest Rat.
Amidst the Mallee, sand dunes and Spinifex, AWC has established the largest feral predator-free area on mainland Australia. Foxes, cats, rabbits and goats which have been responsible for decimating wildlife populations across Australia, have been removed from an area of 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres). Within this feral-free wilderness AWC has reintroduced six of Australia’s most endangered mammals and is successfully rebuilding their populations.
Priority management objectives at Scotia are:
- Establishment of Australia’s largest feral free area (>12,000ha).
- Reintroduction into feral free area of all species that persist in other parts of Australia and once occurred in the area but are now regionally extinct.
- Development and implementation of a fire management strategy with the primary objective of the protection of biodiversity, especially of old-growth mallee communities and the threatened fauna dependent on them (eg black-eared miner).
- Removal of feral animals (especially foxes, cats, rabbits and goats) across the whole property, with a view to reintroducing mammals outside feral free enclosure.
- Development of a broad-scale biodiversity monitoring program to determine the effectiveness of AWC’s conservation management.
- Accurately map Scotia’s vegetation communities.
Key reasons why the Scotia project is so important include:
- Scotia protects populations of six of our most endangered mammals, playing a critical role in the survival of each species.
- AWC has implemented a rigorous process to measure outcomes (eg, mammal populations) – this science-based approach to measuring success helps us improve and adapt our management.
Measuring the success of AWC’s endangered mammal program at Scotia
Tracking Boodies, Woylies and Mala
Tracking Bilbies, Bridled Nailtail Wallabies, Numbats and Stick-nest Rats
Please help AWC’s project to secure the future of six of Australia’s most endangered mammals, including the Bilby, the Woylie, the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, the Boodie, the Numbat and the Stick-nest Rat which find refuge at Scotia.