Wildlife Corridor Welcomes Return of Rare Wallaby

Field Program
Wildlife translocations

May 2002: Twenty rare Tammar Wallabies have this week been translocated into one of Australia’s largest wildlife corridors.

The translocation of Tammar Wallabies is a vital contribution to the restoration of Paruna Sanctuary, a 14 kilometre wildlife corridor established by Australian Wildlife Conservancy. The corridor links the Walyunga and Avon Valley National Parks in South-Western Australia.

Martin Copley, Chairman of AWC, said that the introduction of Tammar Wallabies was another important step in rebuilding wildlife populations in the Perth Hills region.

“Paruna sanctuary is a wildlife corridor of national and international significance. It covers 2,000 hectares of pristine bushland adjacent to the Avon River, including jarrah, wandoo and powder bark forest.”

“This translocation of Tammar Wallabies builds upon the earlier reintroduction into Paruna of Black-flanked Rock Wallabies, Woylies and Quendas (Southern Brown Bandicoots).

”Ten female and ten male Tammar Wallabies were captured earlier this week at Tutanning Nature Reserve and released into Paruna sanctuary in a joint operation by the WA Department of Conservation and Land Management and Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

The Tammar Wallaby was once widespread throughout southern Western Australia and South Australia but the effects of fox predation and habitat destruction have reduced its mainland distribution to tiny populations.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s wildlife. AWC’s objective is to create a national network of non-government sanctuaries protecting a diverse range of animals and their habitat.