Woylie Translocation a Historic Moment for Private Sector Conservation
October 2002: In a historic moment for private sector conservation in Australia, 40 Woylies from Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Karakamia sanctuary are this week being translocated to the Avon Valley National Park, 70 kilometres northeast of Perth. It is the first time that the non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has provided animals to the West Australian Government for release into a national park.
Chairman of AWC, Martin Copley, said he was pleased that AWC and the Department of Conservation and Land Management (DCLM) were working in partnership to restore wildlife in the Avon Valley.
“Woylies, or Brush-tailed Bettongs, were originally reintroduced into Karakamia in 1995 from Dryandra. The Woylie conservation program at the 250 hectare Karakamia sanctuary has been so successful that we are now able to provide DCLM with animals for release into Avon Valley National Park.”
Up to 40 Woylies will be trapped at Karakamia by AWC staff before being transferred to Avon Valley National Park by DCLM officers. The Woylies will join other species that have recently been reintroduced to Avon Valley and AWC’s adjacent Paruna sanctuary, including Black-flanked Rock Wallaby, Quenda and Tammar Wallaby.
The Woylie was once widespread throughout southern Australia but has declined dramatically, primarily as a result of fox predation. It remains dependent on conservation programs such as those operated by DCLM and AWC. AWC owns 10 sanctuaries around Australia covering more than 575,000 hectares. These sanctuaries protect 16 of Australia’s50 or so nationally threatened mammals.