This grant project seeks to secure the future of the numbat, one of Australia’s most threatened marsupials, and the country’s only termite specialist. This is an ambitious rewilding project that will reintroduce numbats to three feral-predator-free areas. It is anticipated that these sites will eventually significantly increase the current population of numbats, as well as have wider catalytic impact for ten further EDGE species across AWC’s sanctuaries.:
- Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, Northern Territory, where numbats have been regionally extinct for more than 60 years.
- Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary, South Australia, which has played a crucial role as a stronghold for the numbat population for three decades.
- Mallee Cliffs National Park, New South Wales, recently declared the largest feral-predator-free area in Australia.
The grant will support the following project activities:
- Numbat translocation to Newhaven and Yookamurra sanctuaries to ensure optimum population numbers for future breeding and genetic diversity and post-translocation monitoring of Mallee Cliffs.
- Biodiversity monitoring across AWC’s Mt Gibson, Scotia and Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuaries where Numbat populations are already established.
- Ecohealth monitoring – AWC’s systematic, science-based framework for measuring the ecological health of the AWC properties, and gathering data required to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation actions and monitor the health of resident numbats at AWC sanctuaries.
- Scientific research for ongoing adaptive management of conservation interventions and to improve knowledge of these species and ecosystems.
- Genetic analysis to further inform the numbat translocations to Mallee Cliffs, Newhaven, and Yookamurra.