Tammar Wallabies join woylies at Woodland Reserve

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Tammar Wallabies Join Woylies at Woodland Reserve

Whiteman Park’s premier conservation project has been bolstered this month, with the translocation and release of 30 tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii derbianus) from Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary into Woodland Reserve.

The tammar wallabies, whose survival is listed as conservation dependant in Western Australia, have a protected home within the 200 hectare enclosure at Whiteman Park.

Park Manager, Steve Lowe said that Woodland Reserve was a feral predator-proof facility that allows threatened species to thrive within its native bushland habitat.

“The tammar wallabies are sourced from Karakamia in Chidlow, where the wild population has steadily increased within the specially-designed 6-foot high feral predator-proof fence. These 30 animals will now form the base group for the reintroduction of the species at Whiteman Park.

“Our aim for Woodland Reserve is to return the area to its pre-settlement condition, with a full complement of native flora and fauna,” Mr Lowe said.

Environment and Natural Areas Manager, Dr Christine Rafferty said that the tammars were one of many animals planned to be reintroduced to restore the biodiversity of the woodland system.

“Whilst there are no records of the tammar wallaby living within the boundaries of Whiteman Park, they were certainly found along the Swan Coastal Plain as late as the 1980s,” she said.

“We will continue to monitor the tammar for both survival and breeding success over the next three years to ensure that the Tammar wallaby is on track and thriving.”

The translocation has added scientific value with researchers from the University of Western Australia’s School of Animal Biology looking at the conservation value of fauna underpasses.

The tammar wallaby is the third species to be translocated to Woodland Reserve, following the woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) translocation in March 2010 and the bush stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) in August  2013.

Woodland Reserve is located to the north of the Village in Whiteman Park and is a project of Whiteman Park and the Western Australian Planning Commission.

For more information about Woodland Reserve, contact Whiteman Park on 9209 6000