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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’s objective is to link Australia’s past with Australia’s future by restoring our ecosystems. Informed by science and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, Rewilding Australia restores missing faunal links, with a focus on keystone species that regulate ecosystems or provide an ecosystem engineering role. These species include our larger carnivore species including Tasmanian devils and quolls through to our smaller species of bandicoots, potoroos and bettongs. Restoring these links can help create conditions for more drought, fire and climate change resilient landscapes.

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

Rewilding Australia’s 2020 – 2025 Plan builds on our successes over the past five years, and aims to enhance Australia’s bipodiversity by restoring missing faunal links. The plan continues our work to reintroduce eastern quolls to the wild on mainland Australia whilst expanding our focus to the restoration of iconic species, as well as keystone species and ecosystem engineer species so important to Australia’s ecosystems. We’ll also be developing world class landscape-science research and education sanctuary where the ecosystem value of locally threatened & extinct mammals can be researched, & where populations of mammals devastated by fires & invasive species can be hardened prior to reintroduction 80 hectares of woodland and pasture in the Shoalhaven region.

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 our Team

Patrick Giumelli

Patrick Giumelli

Field crew
Patrick is an Environmental Manager and holds a role with the NSW Public Service in bushfire mitigation. Patrick is Rewilding Australia’s Field Ecology Programs Manager, and provides strategic direction and advice on on our field programs and research programs and partnerships. Patrick also supports our Jervis Bay Wildlife Recovery Program, and provides on the ground...
Karla Pardo

Karla Pardo

Committee member
Karla is Rewilding Australia’s Treasurer and Finance Manager. Karla also loves quolls and Tassie devils and if not found sitting in front of a computer with a pile of receipts, can be found in the field, helping the team with wildlife monitoring and morale boosting.
Molly Barlow

Molly Barlow

Researcher
Molly is a graduate of the University of New England in Armidale, NSW and is conducting her honours project at The University of Tasmania under the supervision of Post-doctoral Research Fellow Matthew McDowell, co-supervised by Rob Brewster, the director of Rewilding Australia. Molly’s project involves analysing the islands in the Bass Strait and beyond, in...
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!
Claire Nelson

Claire Nelson

Committee member
Claire is an ecologist, with various positions at Australian Museum, Taronga Zoo, Royal Botanic Garden and University of Sydney. Claire brings her wealth of experience working with people and animals to Rewilding Australia, and plays a vital role as our Fundraising and Community Engagement Manager.
Rob Brewster

Rob Brewster

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

Volunteer with us

Posted 3 April 2020. Join Rewilding Australia’s 2020-21 Management Committee. Rewilding Australia is seeking written Expressions of Interest to join the Rewilding Australia Management Committee for the duration of financial year 2020-21. This is a voluntary role, requiring attendance at between 4 – 6 committee meetings in Sydney on an annual basis. The position would suit a person with an interest in Australia’s wildlife with an aptitude for sound financial management and well-developed skills in identifying revenue opportunities. Rewilding Australia also welcomes candidates with exemplary social media skills and a passion to communicate to a wide audience. To lodge an EOI, contact the Rewilding Australia Management Committee.

Posted 2 April 2020. Are you an ecologist with wildlife monitoring experience? 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. Contact Eastern Shield.

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