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Aerial food drops for bushfire affected wildlife

Published: 13 January 2020
Aerial food drops of carrots and sweet potato are being delivered to wildlife in bushfire affected areas.
A brush tailed rock wallaby eating carrots

As part of the post-bushfire wildlife recovery, tonnes of carrots and sweet potato are being delivered to endangered brush-tailed rock-wallabies via helicopter.

Over the past week, 1000kg of sweet potato and carrot have been sent to six different colonies in the Capertee and Wolgan valleys, 1000kg across five sites in Yengo National Park and almost 100kg of food and water in the Kangaroo Valley.

Food drops have also taken place in Jenolan, Oxley Wild Rivers and Curracubundi national parks.

Cameras will be set up to monitor the uptake of the food and the number and variety of animals in the area.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said this is the most widespread food drop that has ever been done for brush-tailed rock-wallabies.

“At this stage, we expect to continue providing supplementary food to rock-wallaby populations until sufficient natural food resources and water become available again in the landscape, during post-fire recovery,” Mr Kean said.

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