Disney Conservation Fund helps reintroduce locally extinct species to Central Australia


Once upon a time, in the country Down Under, there was a beloved animated mouse who sought to protect endangered wildlife by supporting the scientific and practical protectors of all Australian species, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) received a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) for its Newhaven Mammal Reintroduction Program, which aims to reintroduce 11 locally extinct species in central Australia. DCF is proud to continue to provide essential support to community-led projects creating a healthier home for people and wildlife. This fund supports the efforts of diverse communities around the world to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet with more than $ 120 million distributed to nonprofits around the world since 1995.

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The Disney Conservation Fund adds a bit of magic to Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary’s mammal reintroduction program.

The funds will be used to support the AWC reintroduction project in Central Australia, the global epicenter of mammalian extinctions where at least 20 species of mammals have been extirpated since European colonization. These extinctions are largely due to introduced predators: wild cats and red foxes. AWC is restoring 11 missing species to their old range by establishing new populations in a 9,450 hectare fenced-in, wild predator-free area at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary – Australia’s largest non-governmental protected area.

The nationally threatened Golden Bandicoot, Numbat, Greater Bilby, Brushtail Possum, Central Rock-rat, Western Quoll, Burrowing Bettong and Shark Bay Mouse (Alice Springs Mouse) are among the locally extinct species AWC will restore in Australia power plant over the next few years. They will join the Mala, Red-tailed Phascogale and Brush-tailed Bettong, which were reintroduced to Newhaven in 2017, 2020 and 2021.

The funds will be used to support reintroductions in central Australia, which is the global epicenter of mammalian extinctions.Wayne Lawler / AWC
The funds will be used to support reintroductions in central Australia, which is the global epicenter of mammalian extinctions.

“AWC’s critical science work will be amplified by a touch of Disney magic in Central Australia, one of the most ecologically important regions,” said Tim Allard, CEO of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy . “The generous grant from DCF is helping us move forward with reintroductions of wildlife at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, which will more than double the global populations of some of these endangered species.

Disney Conservation Fund grant recipients are selected based on their efforts to implement comprehensive community-based wildlife conservation programs, stabilize and increase animal populations at risk, and engage communities in the conservation of critical ecosystems in the region. whole world.

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