Werribee Open Range Zoo

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

The mainland subspecies of Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii, is now considered extinct in the wild. They are listed as endangered federally.

Bandicoots were once widespread across grasslands and grassy woodlands of western Victoria and South Australia.  By 1991, the subspecies was on the brink of extinction, primarily due to habitat loss and predation by introduced foxes and cats.

A captive breeding program was established using Eastern Barred Bandicoots from the last known population at Hamilton. Since then, a coordinated Recovery Program has focused on captive breeding, habitat management and predator control. There are currently three small reintroduced populations of Eastern Barred Bandicoots.

Zoos Victoria coordinates the captive breeding program and so plays a key role in the recovery of this species through:

  • Supplementing reintroduced wild populations through captive breeding for reintroduction
  • Maintaining an insurance population in captivity
  • Conducting research to improve breeding and reintroduction success
  • Increasing community awareness and support for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot

A 3.7 hectare soft-release enclosure (i.e. a large protected, predator-proof enclosure containing natural habitat) at Werribee Open Range Zoo enables Zoo visitors to connect with Eastern Barred Bandicoots and their basalt plains environment. 

Plans and publications

PDF icon Download a comprehensive overview of what Zoos Victoria is doing to save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (431 KB)

PDF icon  DSE (2009) Action Statement No. 4 - Eastern Barred Bandicoot (mainland subspecies) Peremeles gunnii (unnamed subspecies).  Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.

Hill, R., Winnard, A. and Watson, M. 2010. National Recovery Plan for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (mainland) Perameles gunnii unnamed subspecies. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne.

DSEWPC (2010). Perameles gunnii unnamed subsp. in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra.

Meet the animals

Barri (Baz)

The Undercover Spy for the Extinction Fighters

Found: Australian Journey at Werribee Open Range Zoo (and around grasslands of Western Victoria)

Meet all 20 priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

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News
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Wyndham Schools love their locals

Most students have never heard of, let alone seen an Eastern Barred Bandicoot (EBB).... Yet on Wednesday September 4, 100 local primary school students joined forces at Werribee Open Range Zoo to help us fight the extinction of this super cute endangered local marsupial.

20 September 2013
Hearing Awareness Week

Students Celebrate Hearing Awareness Week

On Wednesday 28 August, Werribee Open Range Zoo marked Hearing Awareness Week with free entry, for deaf and hard of hearing students from around Victoria sponsored by the Victorian Deaf Education Institute

29 August 2013
Encounters
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Shadowfax and the Savannah

Werribee Open Range Zoo and Shadowfax Wines have joined forces to create the perfect day of wine and wildlife at Werribee Park.

Did you know?
  • Zoos Victoria's captive breeding program has saved this mainland bandicoot from extinction
  • The Kirrae Whurrong people from the western district of Victoria call the Eastern Barred Bandicoot 'Warron'
  • Eastern Barred Bandicoots have one of the shortest gestation periods of any mammal, females are pregnant for just 12.5 days