Boost for Tammar Wallaby conservation

Field Programs
Wildlife translocations | Feral cat and fox control
Tammar Wallaby | Woylie

April 2014:

AWC was featured on ABC's 7.30 Report:

30 Tammar Wallabieshave been translocated from Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary in a historic move to start a new population at Whiteman Park’s feral predator-free reserve on the Perth coastal plain.

In the Jarrah forests and associated open woodlands at Karakamia, the wild population of Tammar Wallabies has been steadily increasing, protected by a specially-designed 6 foot high feral predator-proof fence which surrounds the 275 hectare property.  Secure feral-free areas are critical for species like the conservation dependent Tammar Wallaby and a range of other threatened mammals across Australia, whose biggest threat to survival is predation by feral cats and foxes.

AWC conducts regular surveys of our Tammar population, which is estimated at more than 250 animals. Karakamia also protects a critical population of the Woylie, a species which has declined by 90% in the last 15 years across south-western Australia. However, the Woylie population at Karakamia over that time has been stable at 400 – 500 animals. 

The effectiveness of fenced areas in protecting threatened populations has meant that Tammar Wallaby numbers have grown to a point where we can “restock” places like Whiteman Park and national parks. 

The Tammar Wallabies will form an important base group for a new population in a protected home within the 200 hectare feral predator-proof area in Woodland Reserve. The Tammars are one of many animals planned to be reintroduced to restore the biodiversity of the woodland system and will play a role in promoting awareness of the plight of our native mammals to the public.