Eastern Barred Bandicoot
For the first time ever in Australia a species classified as extinct in the wild has been reclassified with Victoria’s Eastern Barred Bandicoot coming back from the brink of extinction.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the species status had changed and, while still endangered, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot has a much brighter future.
The change in status for the nocturnal species − decimated by foxes and cats and habitat destruction − is the result of dedication and hard work by both volunteers and government agencies.
Once common across the grassy plains in south-west Victoria, Eastern Barred Bandicoot populations were eventually confined to the last wild population surviving near Hamilton. In 1989, only around 150 remained.
An Eastern Barred Bandicoot recovery team was formed in 1988 to coordinate efforts to rescue the species from extinction.
The team has established populations at four feral predator-free fenced reintroduction sites at Woodlands Historic Park, Hamilton Community Parklands, Mt Rothwell and Tiverton, and two sites protected by Zoos Victoria’s Guardian Dogs at Skipton and Dunkeld.