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Our Mission

Rewilding Australia is reversing the decline of Australia’s wildlife by supporting the reintroduction and protection of keystone species, our quolls, devils and the dingo.

What we do

Rewilding Australia is linking Australia’s past with Australia’s future by restoring our ecosystems. Informed by science and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, we are returning missing keystone species including quolls and devils. Quolls and devils play a significant role in regulating ecosystems – including introduced pest species, that damage our environment. By returning our quolls and devils, we might help a broad range of other important ecosystem engineer species, such as bandicoots, bettongs and potoroos.

Rewilding Australia supports the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy by working with Government, ecologists, land managers, traditional owners and communities, to educate, protect and restore Australia’s unique ecosystems. We’re also committed to working with Australia’s best ecologists and researchers to investigate novel methods of improving the outlook for Australia’s ecosystems.

How we do it

Our Rewilding 2020 – 2025 Vision is to restore quolls and devils to their former ecosystems so they can play a functional role in suppressing foxes, feral cats or other introduced species, including the invasive black rat. We’re also focussing on islands, which can provide both insurance populations and source populations for future mainland reintroductions, whilst helping to restore ecosystem function.

Rewilding Australia also supports other ecosystem restoration programs via our Australian Rewilding Network, an information sharing hub developed to advance communication between researchers, ecosystem managers, and the community.

Our flagship Rewilding the Eastern Quoll 2015 – 2020 Program has been the first wild reintroduction attempt to Australia’s mainland for the eastern quoll – a species missing from Australia’s ecosystems for over half a century.

Meet some of our team

Rob Brewster

Rob Brewster

Director
My vision for Australia is to have healthy cities, healthy farms and healthy ecosystems.
Gavin Swan

Gavin Swan

Field crew
Gavin is a Program Manager for Rewildng Australia's Eastern Shield Wildlife Recovery Program, but also doubles as a quoll monitoring and wrangling extraordinaire and an all round invaluable member of our field team.
Erika Schauberger

Erika Schauberger

Committee member
Arriving from Europe, I became fascinated with the uniqueness of Australia's wildlife, but amazed that most Aussie's know more about the fauna of northern hemisphere species rather than their own intriguing critters!
Patrick Giumelli

Patrick Giumelli

Field crew
Patrick provides Project Management support to Rewilding Australia’s Eastern Shield Wildlife Recovery Program and is a member of the Eastern Quoll Reintroduction Team. Patrick lives in the Jervis Bay region and can be found in the field checking camera traps and investigating quoll sightings.

Volunteer with us

Rewilding Australia, in partnership with Shoalhaven Landcare, currently manages Eastern Shield Wildlife Recovery Program in the Shoalhaven region of NSW. Eastern Shield supports efforts of the Australian Government’s National Park agency, Parks Australia, to reintroduce locally extinct threatened species to Booderee National Park, in Jervis Bay Territory on the NSW south coast. These species include the long-nosed potoroo, southern brown bandicoot, and eastern quoll.

The Program operates across 16,000 hectares of land adjacent to the Booderee National Park, and undertakes wildlife monitoring and invasive species monitoring and management to improve the likelihood of successfully re-establishing reintroduced threatened species, as well as improving the trajectory for other locally threatened species; including the spotted-tailed quoll, eastern bristlebird and the eastern ground parrot. Do you live in the Shoalhaven region, can commit to one day of work per fortnight, and would like to volunteer with us? Contact Eastern Shield.