The release of the Bridled Nail-tail Wallaby is part of the NSW Government’s $100 million ten-year Saving our Species program, aimed at boosting the species’ population of 2500 to more than 6000.
The NSW Government has committed $100million to secure populations of threatened species in the wild under the broader Saving our Species program, with a further $41.3 million for this specific project. Under this project, 13 mammal species will be reintroduced to select national parks in western NSW, with Brush-tailed Bettongs and Numbats among the species still to come.
Mallee Cliffs and Sturt National Parks are also part of the program and further reintroductions will occur in these parks in the near future.
“Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world, but NSW has the opportunity to turn around our extinction and threatened species rates, by expanding our rewilding programs and focusing on eradicating feral species,” NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said.
The release of the wallabies is a collaboration between the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Queensland Department of Environment and Science, the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby Recovery Group and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.