AWC to deliver the planet's largest feral cat eradication project
- Field Programs
- Feral cat and fox control | Wildlife translocations | Science: surveys and research
- Burrowing Bettong | Golden Bandicoot | Greater Bilby | Mala / Rufous Hare-wallaby | Western Quoll / Chuditch | Woylie
Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is set to host a project of global biodiversity significance – the establishment of a massive feral cat-free area covering at least 650 square kilometres (65,000 hectares). This will be the planet’s largest feral cat eradication project.
The first stage of the Newhaven project (8,000 - 15,000 ha) will create a refuge for large, wild populations of at least 10 nationally threatened mammal species including the Mala (currently extinct in the wild), the Central Rock Rat and the Golden Bandicoot.
This project is unique - for the first time, a vast landscape in central Australia will once again be home to a diversity and abundance of mammals similar to that which existed prior to the arrival of European settlers.