"Numbats have not been seen in the New South Wales wild for more than a
century and globally they are rarer than the black rhino, their
near-extinction caused by feral predators such as foxes and feral cats.
But the precious numbat is hoped to spring back to life in far
south-western NSW near Gol Gol, just over the Murray River from Mildura,
thanks to a 42-kilometre-long, two-metre-high electrified fence.
The fence establishes a 9,500-hectare feral predator-free safe haven for
reintroduced small mammals and marsupials ranging from bilbies, western
barred bandicoots, burrowing bettongs, brush-tailed bettongs, red-tailed
phascogale, bridled nailtail wallabies, Mitchell's hopping mouse, and
This week, five numbats — four female and one male — were released into
the Mallee Cliffs National Park feral predator-free area.
More will follow when they can catch the elusive marsupials, including
several planned reintroductions next year from the Perth Zoo to ensure
diversity of the species' gene pool."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics