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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 our Team

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!
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...
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...
Rob Brewster

Rob Brewster

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

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.