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Reintroduction of locally extinct mammals

The Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals project aims to restore the ecological health of national parks by reintroducing at least 10 native mammal species believed to be extinct in NSW.

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Australia has lost more mammals in the last 200 years than any other animal group. To help stop this decline, the NSW Government is working with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the University of NSW to reintroduce mammal species thought to be extinct in NSW.

This innovative project, part of the Saving our Species conservation program, will see the return of mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years. The project will reintroduce more than 10 mammal species including:

  • Greater bilby
  • Numbat
  • Brush-tailed bettong
  • Bridled nail-tail wallaby
  • Golden bandicoot
  • Burrowing bettong
  • Western quoll
  • Greater stick-nest rat
  • Western barred bandicoot
  • Red-tailed phascogale
  • Crest-tailed mulgara

Three national parks in western NSW have been chosen to reintroduce these species to, including Sturt National Park, Mallee Cliffs National Park and Pilliga State Conservation Area.

With large sections of suitable habitat that already support a wide variety of native animals and plants, these parks provide ideal places to set up fenced conservation areas for threatened species.

Reintroduction areas will provide protection from introduced predators and other pests. Intensive and ongoing pest control efforts outside the exclosures will help with longer-term plans to release these mammals into the wider park. Partner organisations will work collaboratively with NPWS to deliver a range of other park management activities related to this project.

For more information on the Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals project, visit the project page on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

Parks related to this program

Mulga on dunes in Sturt National Park. Photo: Graham Robertson/OEH