Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary protects over 5,200 hectares in the Murraylands of South Australia, between the Barossa Valley and the Murray River.
Yookamurra is significant because it contains an area of 1,100 hectares, surrounded by a feral-proof fence, that is free of all feral predators and herbivores. This is the third largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Australia. (The largest is at AWC’s Scotia Wildlie Sanctuary).
The habitat at Yookamurra is impressive – in particular, it protects some of the best stands of old growth mallee still intact in South Australia, featuring trees that are hundreds of years old.
The feral-free area at Yookamurra provides a refuge for wild populations of several threatened species –including Bilbies, Numbats, Woylies and BoodiesYookamurra is also a stronghold for many species that are disappearing rapidly across Australia including Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat and Malleefowl.
Located only 2 hours from Adelaide, Yookamurra is uniquely positioned to involve the public in conservation through its school education, research and volunteer programs. Yookamurra offers activities and overnight camps for schools and universities which focus on teaching students about conservation and AWC’s scientific approach to protecting Australia’s wildlife.