Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project

The Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project will deliver a substantial increase in the population of nine of Australia’s most threatened mammals.

Key facts:

  • The construction of a purpose-built 43 kilometre fence at Mt Gibson established the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Western Australia (7,800 hectares).
  • AWC will reintroduce nine of Australia’s most endangered mammal species - the Bilby, Numbat, Woylie, Western Barred Bandicoot, Shark Bay Mouse, Red-tailed Phascogale, Greater Stick-nest Rat, Banded Hare-wallaby and Chuditch.
  • This single project will help provide a more secure future for 14% (one in seven) of Australia’s 65 nationally threatened mammal species and will increase the global Numbat population by 24%.

Establishing a feral predator-free area

AWC has established the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Western Australia.  A specially designed 43 kilometre conservation fence has been built around 7,800 hectares of the best habitat on Mt Gibson. Construction of the fence took 9 months. The fence is 6 feet high with a skirt, an overhang and electric wires.  All of the feral cats and foxes have been removed from within this fenced area.

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The return of endangered mammals

As at September 2015, AWC has started the process of reintroducing at least 9 threatened mammal species. The importance of the Mt Gibson project is immense:  this single project will deliver a significant increase in 9 (14%) of Australia’s threatened mammal species.

Species

Approx global population*

Target
Mt Gibson population

Increase in global population

Brush-tailed Bettong (Woylie)

18,000

1,470

8%

Banded Hare-wallaby

5,500

3,060

56%

Greater Stick-nest Rat

4,000

1,030

25%

Greater Bilby

<10,000

610

6%

Numbat

1,000

240

24%

Western Barred Bandicoot

3,000

790

26%

Red-tailed Phascogale

<10,000

1,340

15%

Shark Bay Mouse

10,000

3,250

33%

Western Quoll (Chuditch)

13,500

500+**

3+%

 

 

 

 

* including other AWC sanctuaries  |  ** including outside fenced area

Woylie Release Mt Gibson

The Neville Tichbon Field Research Station and the role of science

The Mt Gibson project has been informed by world class science. AWC ecologists have conducted a detailed habitat analysis to ensure the right mix of habitats within the feral-free area; have defined reintroduction strategies for highly threatened mammal species; and will be monitoring the health of reintroduced mammal populations.  The Neville Tichbon Field Research Station will support the delivery of world class science by AWC ecologists and our partners, playing a key role in the quest to develop strategies to reduce the impact of feral cats.

AWC in the media

Key facts:

  • The construction of a purpose-built 43 kilometre fence at Mt Gibson will establish the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Western Australia (7,800 hectares).
  • AWC will reintroduce nine of Australia’s most endangered mammal species - the Bilby, Numbat, Woylie, Western Barred Bandicoot, Shark Bay Mouse, Red-tailed Phascogale, Greater Stick-nest Rat and Chuditch.
  • This single project will help provide a more secure future for 14% (one in seven) of Australia’s 65 nationally threatened mammal species and will increase the global Numbat population by 33%.
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Read Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project September 2015 Update

Read the Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project - Prospectus.