Mallee Cliffs is a hotspot for bird watching where threatened birds such as Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo and the Hooded Robin can be spotted, and the songs of the Gilbert’s Whistler and Varied Sittella can be heard through the Mallee. Mallee Cliffs also contains important habitat for the endangered Malleefowl.
Since European settlement, the impact of feral predators, habitat loss and feral herbivores on the mammal fauna of the Murray Darling basin has been significant. In Western NSW, almost half of all mammal species (excluding bats) have disappeared. At Mallee Cliffs, the surviving mammal species include Southern Ningaui and the Western Pygmy Possum, as well as large macropods such as the Red Kangaroo and Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroo.
Mallee Cliffs has lost almost its entire suite of small to medium-sized mammals, primarily as a result of predation by feral cats and foxes. AWC plans to reintroduce at least ten species of threatened mammals to a large feral predator-free fenced area in Mallee Cliffs, including the Western Barred Bandicoot, Bilby, Brush-tailed Bettong, Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, Numbat and Burrowing Bettong. Most of these species have not been found in NSW national parks for over a century. These species will help restore a number of important ecological processes, dispersing seeds and spores, and helping retain nutrients and water.
Click below to view the list of wildlife species at Mallee Cliffs:
Mammals List | Birds List | Reptiles List | Amphibians List | Threatened List