PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…read more
Melbourne park helps endangered eastern barred bandicoot to thrive
Conservationists who have been striving to establish a new colony of one of Victoria's most endangered animals for decades have been able to report a notable success with a colony of eastern barred bandicoots thriving in a Melbourne park.
The endangered bandicoot is making its comeback in a 300 hectare area of protected predator-free habitat next door to Melbourne Airport.
The Woodlands Historic Park is one of just a few sanctuaries for the animal, but with a recent count showing that bandicoots are thriving, conservationists are now hoping to set up more colonies to help bring the animal back from the brink.
Wildlife ecologist from RMIT University, Peter Homan, said fenced-off areas were the bandicoot's only hope.
Homan told the ABC "the wild population was extinct really a couple of decades ago and the only way to recover the species was to fence off areas with fox-proof and cat-proof fences.”
Eastern barred bandicoots were released in the park in the 1990s but the area was overrun by kangaroos and became a feeding ground for foxes.
As a result, the park’s fence was upgraded two years ago.
Travis Scicchitano from Conservation Volunteers Australia said the new colony was slowly getting stronger, adding “this site at Woodlands should hold around 500 bandicoots once it's at capacity.
"So we can't wait for that. That's maybe two years away."
Scicchitano and a small group of volunteers have been trapping and releasing the bandicoots this week, to check on the strength of the colony.
Among those counted was a female with a joey in her pouch.
Loss of grassland habitat and the threat of foxes and feral cats has contributed to the decline in bandicoot numbers.
However, if they can continue to thrive at Woodlands Historic Park, more colonies could be established across Victoria.
Homan is hoping that happens, adding “there's some other properties in western Victoria apparently being acquired that will be fenced off as well.
"So with a number of large areas fenced off the population should do really well."
23rd Octobe 2015 - ISLAND ARK FOR ENDANGERED BANDICOOTS
8th October 2015 - GIANT PANDAS AND LITTLE PENGUINS COMBINE FOR CONSERVATION
20th August 2014 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPOINTS COMMISSIONER FOR THREATENED SPECIES
2nd July 2014 - WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO OPENS BANDICOOT HIDEOUT
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…read more
About Priava's Technology - Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…read more
Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…read more
Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…read more
Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…read more
APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…read more
Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!