Quoll and aboriginal ranger © Adrian Steirn

Rewilding Australia

Rewilding Australia joins WWF-Australia. Together, we are making Australia a wilder place!

Quoll and aboriginal ranger © Adrian Steirn



Rebuild. Restore. Rebalance.

 

WWF-Australia is pleased to welcome Rewilding Australia as it joins with us to work together, fully integrating their vision into WWF Australia’s wildlife and landscape restoration program.

 

Rewilding Australia uses science and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge to restore Australia’s ecosystems and missing faunal links.

Our focus is on reversing the decline of ‘keystone species’ which we group into two important categories: the ecosystem regulators (species like our carnivorous quolls and devils) and ecosystem engineers (our ‘little diggers’, like bandicoots, bettongs and potoroos). Together, these species maintain ecosystem integrity and keep our forests healthy by burying seeds and flammable leaf litter, dispersing fungi, increasing the ability for water to penetrate deep into the soil, and supporting plant germination.

The eastern quoll is our flagship species and is just one such mammal that has become absent from its former mainland range and is now found only in Tasmania. With this loss of arguably our most beautiful species from southeast Australia’s forests, we have also lost the multitude of interactions the quoll played within their ecosystem.

Together, WWF-Australia and Rewilding Australia have been working on a collaboration between government, zoos and sanctuaries, and the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community to test a reintroduction to Booderee National Park, in Jervis Bay on the south coast of NSW.

 

Regenerate Australia, provides a once-in-a-generation chance to upscale our ability to reverse the decline of Australia’s wildlife. We're excited to be delivering new ways of working together to make this a reality.

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Eastern quoll translocation Jervis Bay © WWF-Aus / Peter Dovga

© WWF-Aus / Peter Dovga

Informed by science


Rewilding Australia’s program is not only informed by science but also Indigenous Ecological Knowledge. Rewilding Australia works with researchers and communities to restore missing faunal links, with a focus on vital species that regulate ecosystems or play an ecosystem engineering role.
Tasmanian devil at cradle mountain sanctuary © WWF-Aus / Madeleine Smitham

© WWF-Aus / Madeleine Smitham

Restoring our ecosystems

 

We have identified ‘rewilding’ as an important tool for building the resilience of threatened species in degraded landscapes. These species include Tasmanian devils, quolls, bandicoots, potoroos and bettongs among others.


Eastern Quoll, Tasmania © WWF-Aus / Madeleine Smitham

© WWF-Aus / Madeleine Smitham

Bringing the eastern quoll home

 

We will continue our support for eastern quoll reintroductions to mainland Australia and broaden our strategies to secure the future of the species across its range. Our collaborative partnership approach will be used as a model to expand our rewilding programs to other threatened species across Australia.


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