Potoroos settling in at Booderee

At the end of October last year we transferred 27 long-nosed potoroos to suitable habitat in Booderee National Park after they had been extinct in the area for many years. Since the translocation we’ve been monitoring the population closely, using camera and cage traps to determine their survival.

The potoroos have had us guessing the last couple of weeks. We didn’t see any potoroos for about three weeks, but we did see a red fox.

Small mammals are very vulnerable to predators such as foxes so we run a comprehensive – and very successful –  fox control program using bait. This has reduced foxes to very low numbers, but at this time of year we see a number of young foxes moving into the park. Last week we buried the fox bait at the camera site where the fox was spotted.

That same day we saw a small potoroo at the site. Our potoroos were still alive! What a relief!

A potoroo caught on camera on 30 January

A potoroo caught on camera on 30 January

 

The next day we saw another potoroo at the site.

Just an hour later the fox was back – he sniffed around for 10 minutes before taking the bait.

Over the next couple of nights we had a number of visitors at the site, including a long-nosed bandicoot…

 

A bandicoot was spotted

A bandicoot was spotted

 

another potoroo…

 

Another potoroo was seen at the site

Another potoroo was seen at the site

 

and a swamp wallaby.

 

A swamp wallaby

A swamp wallaby

We need consistent vigilance to save our endangered native mammals. We’ll continue our fox control program to keep fox numbers low enough for the long nosed potoroo to re-establish a population and reduce their risk of extinction.

Rachael, Booderee National Park

One thought on “Potoroos settling in at Booderee

  1. This is heart attack territory! Congratulations! It’s such a thrill to get these emails and hear about the truly heroic efforts being made to reestablish populations of animals in places where they have become extinct. Good luck with the fix eradication program. No danger of them becoming extinct unfortunately.
    Cheers
    Anne Marks

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