ABCTV Catalyst features AWC in "Desert Diggers"

ABCTV Catalyst features AWC in "Desert Diggers"
Field Programs
Wildlife translocations | Science: surveys and research
Greater Stick-nest Rat | Burrowing Bettong | Woylie | Greater Bilby | Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

ABCTV Catalyst features AWC in "Desert Diggers" - 1 June 2006

The Greater Stick-nest Rat once ranged across the Nullarbor Plain. Now it survives only on a handful of islands, one of them Reevesby Island. Ecologist Dr Joss Bentley from Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has arrived to organise a mass escape.

Once 40 Stick-nest Rats are safely packed for transport, she's got less than 20 hours to deliver them to their new home -- a 4,000 hectare fenced 'paddock', free from feral cats, foxes and predators, in the red sand desert country called 'Scotia' owned by AWC.

Here they'll join the rest of the marsupials that ruled Australia until the 1800s -- Bilbies, Bridled Nailtail Wallabies, Boodies, Mala and Woylies.They're all now endangered on the mainland, and the non-government AWC aims to have them removed from the 'extinct' list in NSW.