The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is one of Australia's most endangered species, now considered extinct in Victoria's wild. The destruction of over 99% of its native grassland habitat, plus predation from introduced foxes, cats and dogs and competition with rabbits, has caused devastating results. Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team to reinstate a series of protected native habitats for Bandicoot breeding and reintroduction.
Once common, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is now one of Victoria's most endangered species and considered extinct in the wild. Intrinsically linked to the Bandicoot's decline is the utilisation and consequent destruction of over 99% of its native grassland habitat in Victoria. Further pressures from introduced predators have caused devastating decline. The survival of these shy tussock-dwellers now depends entirely on captive breeding programs and secure, healthy, predator-free habitat.
Conservation Volunteers Australia is working with Parks Victoria at Woodlands Historic Park and Serendip Sanctuary, Department of Sustainability & Environment Communities for Nature, Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Centre and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team to create secure areas where Bandicoots can flourish in their native grassland habitat. We will provide direct assistance by removing weeds, restoring grassland, maintaining predator-proof fencing and regular surveys.
This project will allow 300 hectares of protected grasslands to become habitat for 400 Eastern Barred Bandicoots, doubling the current endangered population - critical for their survival. It will also enable 500 people annually, from all walks of life, to get involved in the survival of the species through volunteering. All volunteers will gain valuable knowledge on Bandicoots, threatened species and threatened grasslands. These Bandicoots were once commonplace and now they face extinction.