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Boost for Bandicoot Release Site

7 August 2014

On Wednesday 6 August, four Eastern Barred Bandicoots were released at Woodlands Historic Park, near Melbourne Airport as part of the recovery project to save the species from extinction.

Bred at Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Melbourne Zoo, the four individuals will play an important role in assisting the growth and genetic diversity of the population at Woodlands.

Woodlands Historic Park is one of four predator-proof release sites for Eastern Barred Bandicoots in the State and is collaboratively managed by Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and Parks Victoria.

Over the last twelve months 47 Eastern Barred Bandicoots have been released at the site and recent monitoring has shown that those original founders  are now grandparents!

The team at CVA are also seeing fresh diggings and sightings during spotlight sessions and that’s a good indication that they are doing well.

This latest release is another milestone in Zoos Victoria’s captive breeding program for the species. Since the program began in the early 1990s Zoos Victoria has been bred more than 600 Eastern Barred Bandicoots and all of the animals on mainland Australia can be traced to the original founders of the population at Melbourne Zoo.