The Pilliga project area is currently home to a large number of threatened animals. It forms part of a stronghold for threatened woodland birds including the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Grey-crowned Babbler, Brown Treecreeper, Speckled Warbler, Varied Sittella, Little Lorikeet and Turquoise Parrot. The Pilliga forests protect a particularly important population of the iconic Barking Owl. Threatened mammals including the Koala, Squirrel Glider, Black-striped Wallaby, Corben’s Long-eared Bat and the endemic Pilliga Mouse are all likely to be found in the Pilliga project area. The threatened Pale-headed Snake is one of more than 56 reptile species that is likely to occur in the Pilliga project area.
In common with most Australian woodlands, the Pilliga project area, and the broader Pilliga forests, have lost almost their 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 six species of threatened mammals to a large feral predator-free fenced area in the Pilliga, including the Western Quoll, Western Barred Bandicoot, Bilby, Brush-tailed Bettong, Bridled Nailtail Wallaby and Plains Mouse. 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 the Pilliga:
Mammals List | Birds List | Reptiles List | Amphibians List | Threatened List