What We Do
What’s the Problem?
Australia boasts one of the highest extinction rates in the world. The introduction of foxes and feral cats has resulted in catastrophic declines in many of Australia’s mammals. Population growth and habitat loss continues to impact on our degraded and fragmented ecosystems. More recently, human induced climate change has been identified as being a key threatening process for Australia's ecosystems.
How is Rewilding Australia Helping?
Rewilding Australia seeks to support the Australian Government's Threatened Species Strategy by working with ecologists, communities, and government and indigenous land managers to improve the trajectory for Australia’s wildlife. Rewilding Australia’s own flagship project is an ambitious collaborative project to return eastern quolls to the wild on mainland Australia.
We're also investing in advocacy for novel solutions, and emerging technologies to improve the management of the invasive European red fox - which are a key threat to many of our native species. These solutions include a trial to reintroduce the Tasmanian devil to mainland Australia, where it has been missing, and research into the application of Gene Drive technology for fox management.
Rewilding Australia also seeks to support all other Australian rewilding programs, by providing an information sharing hub via the Australian Rewilding Network. If you have are developing or implementing a rewilding program, then become part of the Australian Rewilding Network. The network will provide a vital tool for people seeking information on programs and will assist in connecting potential new project partners.
Interested in volunteering with Rewilding Australia?
Rewilding Australia, supported by 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 and Federally listed threatened species to Booderee National Park (Jervis Bay Territory). These species include the long-nosed potoroo, the southern brown bandicoot, and the 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. To inquire about volunteering, contact Eastern Shield.