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    09031: Threatened fauna ARK projects, saving WA’s threatened fauna

    Translocated chuditch fitted with a radio tracking collar emerging from its transport box at Sharkbay. This image was taken by a remote-sensor camera. Courtesy Manda Page, Department of Environment and Conservation
    Translocated chuditch fitted with a radio tracking collar emerging from its transport box at Sharkbay. This image was taken by a remote-sensor camera. Courtesy Manda Page, Department of Environment and Conservation

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, the Fauna ARK project is working to re-establish locally extinct populations of threatened fauna including chuditch at Shark Bay and the red-tailed phascogale, bilby, woylie, Gilbert's potoroo, dibbler and three species of frog throughout the south-west.

    Sunset frogs, yellow-bellied frogs, woylies and ringtail possums are being translocated to build the resilience of existing populations. Emergency action is also being undertaken to protect the last two known populations of western ground parrots from extinction.

    The project aims to establish a 1600-ha predator-free mainland 'island' within Francois Peron National Park where free-living populations of mala and banded hare-wallaby can be established and provide source stock for future translocations to key sites, such as Dirk Hartog Island.

    The project will also re-establish free-living populations of threatened and priority species through new and expanded captive breeding, release and translocation programs, and monitor existing important source populations.

    Investment: $ 1 520 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Environment and Conservation
    Project duration: October 2009 - August 2012
    Location: Northern Agricultural, Swan, Avon, South West and South Coast NRM regions

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