Help us save the rufous bettong

By Australian Geographic 30 August 2021
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Rufous bettongs play a crucial role in Australian ecosystems, acting as ecosystem engineers.

The rufous bettong has suffered significant declines in its natural distribution because of habitat destruction, predation from introduced predators and the devastating impacts of the 2019–20 bushfire season.

Aussie Ark aims to proactively protect this species from extinction before the last of the remnant populations disappear. Founding individuals of rufous bettong will be placed into individual captive facilities – large enclosures spread across all Aussie Ark’s sanctuaries. The project will see the re-wilding of rufous bettongs amongst NSW, creating a robust insurance population for the endangered species. The end goal is always to keep any species surviving in the wild – this is the long-term vision of Aussie Ark.

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