Wildlife wonders

Australian Wildlife Conservancy chief executive Atticus Fleming, world-renowned scientist Thomas Lovejoy and Australian Wildlife Conservancy Mallee Cliffs operations manager Bruce Summerfield. Picture: Louise Donges

Australian Wildlife Conservancy chief executive Atticus Fleming, world-renowned scientist Thomas Lovejoy and Australian Wildlife Conservancy Mallee Cliffs operations manager Bruce Summerfield. Picture: Louise Donges

SOME of Australia’s largest populations of many endangered native animals – including bilbies, numbats and bettongs – will soon inhabit Mildura’s backyard.

Conservationists say an endangered native mammal restoration project in the Mallee Cliffs National Park will, within a few years, be like “stepping back in time” into the Australian bush before the predation of feral animals.

The project, which will return 10 nationally threatened animals to an approximately 9500-hectare feral-free area to be constructed by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), could be under way within months.

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