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    09004: Emergency conservation action for the critically endangered woylie

    Predator-free enclosure on 400 ha of the Perup Nature Reserve, Manjimup. Courtesy Department of Environment and Conservation
    Predator-free enclosure on 400 ha of the Perup Nature Reserve, Manjimup. Courtesy Department of Environment and Conservation

    Woylies are small marsupials that weigh between one and 1.5 kg. They are distantly related to kangaroos and are critically endangered.

    Wild populations of the woylie are declining at a catastrophic rate through the south-west of WA, mainly through predation by feral cats and foxes.

    A major Woylie Conservation Research Project, underway since 2006, has been unable to isolate and reverse this decline. At the current rate of decline, many woylie populations open to predation may become extinct within the next few years.

    A 420-ha predator-free enclosure for woylies in the Perup Nature Reserve was created through this project to support a genetically healthy and adequately representative population of wild woylies. The enclosure will secure the species in the south-west in the short term while long-term conservation measures are determined.

    The project is also undertaking planning and design of new captive-breeding facilities at Perth Zoo that will support the project through maintenance of a captive breeding and insurance population.

    Investment: $ 750 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Environment and Conservation
    Project duration: December 2009 - December 2012
    Location: Perup Nature Reserve, Manjimup

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