The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is a small rabbit sized marsupial native to Tasmania and Victoria.
Since the introduction of foxes, cats and dogs to Australia the Eastern Barred Bandicoot has had a hard time holding its own in the wild with the total population hovering around 500. As a result there are 8 sanctuaries currently being created in their native lands across Victoria. These sanctuaries have been designed to keep out the introduced predators and give them a chance to survive back in the safety of their home environment.
Three Ecovantage Staff members had the pleasure of working with Conservation Volunteers Australia last week to help build the predator deterrent fence that surrounds the Bandicoots sanctuary in the Woodlands Historic Park, North-West of Melbourne CBD, one of the 8 sanctuaries currently being upgraded in Victoria. In one day the volunteers were able to put up 400 metres of ‘floppy top’ fencing, this stops any predators that try to climb the fence by creating an unstable surface once they reach the top causing them to fall back down to the ground.
I think all volunteers that pitched in that day would agree with Adrian Wallace of Ecovantage when he said “It gave me a great sense of achievement knowing I had helped just that little bit to stop the extinction of a native marsupial, and a cute one at that!”
Spring 2012 will see several of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from the Melbourne Zoos breeding program, released into the newly secured sanctuary at Woodlands Historic Park to begin their journey back out of near extinction.