Eastern Barred Bandicoot (mainland population)
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is listed as extinct in the wild.
These small nocturnal marsupials were once widespread across the grasslands and woodlands of western Victoria and South Australia.
The decline of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is primarily due to loss of habitat and threat from foxes.
The plan for recovery
Zoos Victoria has partnered with several organisations to play a key role in the recovery of this species.
Since 1991, Zoos Victoria has bred more than 650 bandicoots. Now there are three reintroduced populations protected by predator-barrier fences on the mainland, and a fourth population on Churchill Island.
While we ensure our captive population is released into fox-free sites, we are also conducting trials to see if trained Maremma dogs can protect the Eastern Barred Bandicoots from predators
Our partners in the recovery of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot are members from Conservation Volunteers Australia, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre, National Trust of Australia, Parks Victoria, Phillip island Nature Parks, the University of Melbourne, and Tiverton Property Partnering.
How you can help
- Do what you can to increase community awareness and support for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
- By visiting our zoos, you are supporting our work to fight extinction.
- Donate if you can. As we are a not-for-profit organisation, all donations go towards our important conservation efforts.
- Discover more about local conservation events and join the growing number of wild activists taking action for local wildlife.