Emergency Mala translocation (stage 2): 19 additional Mala released at Newhaven
Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary’s resident Mala are regularly captured on camera traps at monitoring sites within their 150 hectare purpose built feral cat-free home. They appear to be settling in well to their new home at Newhaven after an emergency translocation from Watarrka National Park in November. 19 additional Mala were trapped and relocated from Watarrka NP in December, bringing the population at Newhaven up to 27 adults.
These animals will be joined by other Mala in the next 12 months before being released into a massive 9,450 hectare feral predator-free area. With a further expansion in the feral-free area to 70,000 hectares, Newhaven will ultimately be home to an estimated 18,000 Mala. There are currently around 400 Mala on mainland Australia, making it one of Australia’s rarest animals.
AWC Ecologists releasing a juvenile Mala caught in the second round of translocations at Watarrka NP is released into its new home at AWC’s Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary.
Construction of the 44 kilometre fence around the initial 9,450 hectare feral cat and fox-free area is progressing well and is due for completion in the first quarter of 2018. AWC is aiming to ensure this area is feral predator-free by early 2019, paving the way for the reintroduction of at least 10 nationally threatened mammals.
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