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 20 priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

See all of our 20 priority threatened native species.

Eastern Barred Bandicoots find a home VIDEO

‘Retirement’ home for Eastern Barred Bandicoots

Three female Eastern Barred Bandicoots have enjoted their first week in a new ‘retirement home’ on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

Released on 27 July, the three post-reproductive bandicoots were released to the Brian Henderson Reserve operated by Woodleigh School.

4 August 2016
Eastern Barred Bandicoot performers

Eastern Barred Bandicoot comes to life for special performance at Wild Nights

Award winning theatre company Born in a Taxi bring their uniquely quirky performances to Werribee Open Range Zoo these school holidays from 25 June to 9 July for the Zoo’s annual, winter Wild Nights program.

7 July 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