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    09001b: Critical actions for the recovery of Gilbert’s potoroo and western ground parrot

    Gilbert's potoroo is Australia’s rarest mammal. There are currently fewer than 50 individuals in the wild. Courtesy Dick Walker Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group
    Gilbert's potoroo is Australia’s rarest mammal. There are currently fewer than 50 individuals in the wild. Courtesy Dick Walker Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group

    The south coast of WA is home to two of the world's most endangered animal species, the Gilbert's potoroo and the western ground parrot. Surviving wild populations of the two species are so small (50 potoroo and 140 parrots) that both are listed as critically endangered.

    Major threats to these species are:

    • predation from feral animals
    • inappropriate fire regimes
    • habitat degradation. 

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, the Department of Environment and Conservation monitored the status and threats to surviving populations of the two species and implemented recovery actions for their survival.

    Investment: $ 60 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Environment and Conservation
    Project duration: August 2009 - June 2010
    Location: Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve and Cape Arid National Park

    Major project achievements

    • Gilbert's potoroo populations on Bald Island and at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve monitored and maintained.
    • Nine Gilbert's potoroos translocated from Bald Island to a predator-proof enclosure at Norman's Beach in Waychinicup National Park; a 10th animal from a mainland captive facility was also released into the enclosure. The animals are surviving well and breeding.
    • Feral cat baiting using DEC-manufactured Eradicat baits undertaken at Fitzgerald River National Park to conserve western ground parrots. Monitoring showed that no non-target (native species) were killed, while the feral cat population was reduced by more than 50 per cent.
    • Colony of eight western ground parrots established in new aviaries built to facilitate captive breeding.

    More information

    Department of Environment and Conservation Gilbert's potoroo; Western ground parrot

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