Banded Hare-wallabies loving their island home

Banded Hare-wallabies loving their island home
Faure Island | Mt Gibson
Field Program
Wildlife translocations
Banded Hare-wallaby

April 2014: In September 2013, AWC translocated 30 Banded Hare Wallabies to supplement the existing population on our world heritage listed Faure Island.  In April 2014, AWC ecologists completed another important step in the translocation process, spending two weeks on the island as part of our post-release monitoring program. 

Twenty of the 30 wallabies released in September 2013 were fitted with VHF radio collars.  As part of the April 2014 monitoring trip, 17 of these collared wallabies were located.  Eleven days and nights were spent radio-tracking the wallabies (night locations were determined by triangulation).  When analysed, the data will provide valuable information about habitat preferences and usage.  Such information will help inform future translocations including to Mt Gibson. 

P1040905BHW Faure April 2014

Eight females were captured to remove their collars.  All 8 females were carrying pouch young, ranging from tiny unfurred young to large fully-furred young.  This is great news for the species, which is extinct on mainland Australia and clings to survival on three feral-free islands in Shark Bay, including Faure Island.