Breaking news: historic partnership with NSW Government AWC set to return extinct mammals to NSW national parks

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Breaking news: historic partnership with NSW Government – AWC set to return extinct mammals to NSW National Parks

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Atticus Fleming via

11:03 AM (7 minutes ago)
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5 June 2015
Breaking news: historic partnership with NSW Government
AWC set to return extinct mammals to NSW national parks
Dear Mrs Gillmore
“The return of extinct mammals to NSW National Parks will be one of the greatest mammal conservation initiatives ever undertaken in Australia … a powerful demonstration of our commitment to reverse Australia’s mammal extinction crisis. 
Professor Tim Flannery (AWC Director)
Bilbies, Numbats and other mammal species which have not been recorded in NSW for over 100 years are set to be returned to the State’s National Parks under an historic partnership between Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and the NSW Government.

Following an exhaustive tender process, the NSW Environment Minister, the Hon Mark Speakman MP, today announced that the Government will enter into negotiations with AWC to establish large fox and cat-free areas in selected NSW National Parks.  AWC is also set to deliver broader land management and science activities across these National Parks.

Within the feral-free areas – large areas protected by specially designed conservation fences – wild populations of mammal species that are extinct in NSW including the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, the Brush-tailed Bettong, the Western Barred Bandicoot, the Western Quoll, the Bilby and the Numbat, will be reintroduced.

Click the image to see rare video footage of a Numbat at Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary
This single initiative will play a critical role in saving at least 10 Australian mammals from extinction.  It represents a large-scale response to the impact of feral cats and foxes – feral cats kill tens of millions of native animals every night across Australia.  Under AWC’s proposed projects:

  • 2 species (Bridled Nailtail Wallaby and Western Barred Bandicoot) will have their remaining global populations increased by more than 100%.
  • At least 6 other species (including the Bilby, Brush-tailed Bettong, Numbat and Greater Stick-nest Rat) will have their remaining populations increased by more than 15%.

This will be the first partnership of its kind in Australia, highlighting both AWC’s leadership in the conservation sector and the importance of developing new models for collaboration between Government and the non-profit sector.

Feral cat and fox-proof fences are the only option for restoring many endangered mammal populations  |  Burrowing Bettong
Please help AWC return 10 extinct mammals to NSW National Parks

AWC is committed to co-investing with the NSW Government, which will invest several million dollars in this initiative, to secure the return of at least 10 extinct mammals to National Parks.  Your tax deductible donation to AWC will help us roll-out this ground-breaking initiative, building our capacity to deliver the on-ground feral animal control and world class science which underpins AWC’s unique approach to conservation.

Stay tuned for further details – including an announcement identifying the National Parks where the initiative will be delivered – as AWC and NSW work together to finalise details of this historic partnership.  In the meantime, thank you for your support which is greatly appreciated by all of us at AWC.

Yours sincerely

Atticus Fleming
Chief Executive

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