Wildlife Translocations

© Brad Leue/AWC

 

Wildlife species translocated into five different AWC sanctuaries in 2020

 

Mala released into the 9,450 ha fenced area at Newhaven in 2020

 

Number of animals from 32 species, translocated into, out of, and between AWC-managed properties to date

AWC undertakes wildlife translocations to improve species’ conservation prospects, by establishing self-sustaining, genetically diverse populations within their former range, and to restore species assemblages and their associated ecological processes.

AWC works with government agencies and frequently collaborates with other conservation organisations including zoos to conduct wildlife translocations, and to contribute to threatened species recovery.

Wildlife translocations are a complex and multi-step process involving habitat assessments, threat minimisation (notably feral predator control), disease risk assessments, and consideration of any ongoing management requirements. Animals being translocated are then trapped, undergo health checks and tagging, before being transported to the release site and they are then monitored after their release.

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