What we’re doing
Feral animals such as foxes and cats are blamed for the loss of a number of native mammal species from this region and have left others, such as the Tammar and Black-gloved Wallabies, in a precarious position.
By reducing feral numbers we hope to vastly improve the chances of survival for our native mammals.
We're also improving creek habitat, restoring native bushland, and reducing the impact of destructive wildfire outbreaks.
Wallabies of Gondwana Link
The Tammar Wallaby was once so common in this part of Western Australia that it was a reliable food source for the local Noongar people.
Europeans also ate the wallaby, with reports from early last century of up to 40 animals being shot in one night. This poem illustrates just how common the tammar wallaby was.
Tammars young and Tammars old,
Tammars hot and Tammars cold,
Tammars tender, Tammars tough.
Thank the Lord we've got enough!
Today though, habitat loss and feral predators have drastically reduced tammar wallaby numbers, and populations are now confined to pockets of bushland.
The Black-gloved Wallaby too has suffered population declines, and both species are now being targeted for recovery through the Gondwana Link Wallaby Project.
‘The ultimate aim of the project is to increase the populations of both species by removing foxes and making more habitat available,' says ecologist Dr Sandra Gilfillan.
‘This will help the Tammar and Black-gloved Wallabies to once again be a common element in the ecosystem, and perhaps the subjects of modern-day poetry.'
Thanks to Neville Beeck for providing the tammar wallaby poem.