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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. 

Schools can collect coins to complete the Common Cents Challenge and help save local endangered species. 

Plans and publications

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 priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

See all of our 21 priority threatened native species.

Zoo Twilights

Melbourne Zoo announces stellar Zoo Twilights line-up

Zoo Twilights fans will be impressed with Melbourne Zoo’s 2017 Zoo Twilights summer 2017 music program. The concert series will run from Friday 27 January to Saturday 11 March 2017.

19 October 2016
Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Bandicoots find Sanctuary in Serendip

Three male Eastern Barred Bandicoots have begun life in retirement after being released to Serendip Sanctuary in Victoria’s south-west.

15 September 2016
Shadowfax winery

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.

  • 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