12041: Ensuring the ongoing protection of endangered and threatened species at Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary
Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary is a 275 ha property located within the Jarrah forest of the Darling Scarp, just outside Perth. The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and provides a safe haven for a number of endangered mammal species that have become extinct elsewhere in WA.
Six species of endangered mammals have been reintroduced to Karakamia, most notably the Brush-tailed bettong (Woylie), Southern brown bandicoot (Quenda), Tammar wallaby, and Western ringtail possum. Karakamia now supports large populations of these four species.
252 ha of the sanctuary are protected by a 2.4 metre high fence designed to exclude feral predators such as foxes and cats. The fence is a combination of barrier fence and electric fence that has worked reasonably well over its life of 18 years.
An increasing rate of incursions of both foxes and feral cats over the past few years has highlighted the need to upgrade the fence so that it continues to protect the populations of endangered mammals within.
This project will upgrade the barrier fence by increasing its height and attaching a mesh "floppy top" to the current design. The upgrade will bring the Karakamia fence in line with the most cost effective and proven feral predator exclusion fence design.
|Investment:||$ 48 485|
|Delivery organisation:||Australian Wildlife Conservancy|
|Project duration:||December 2012 - May 2013|
|Location:||Karakamia Sanctuary, Chidlow|