Southern brown bandicoot reintroduced to Booderee National Park

Conservation workers have reintroduced the southern brown bandicoot to Booderee National Park near Jervis Bay, where they have not been seen for almost 100 years.

Cute as: One of the southern brown bandicoots headed for Booderee. They breed multiple times each year, with a 12-day gestation period. Picture: Chris MacGregor

Cute as: One of the southern brown bandicoots headed for Booderee. They breed multiple times each year, with a 12-day gestation period. Picture: Chris MacGregor

Australian National University researcher Chris MacGregor, who is supporting a Parks Australia program to reintroduce threatened species, said bandicoots breed in just 12 days.

“There are now six females and five males in Booderee which we’ve relocated from state forests four hours south ­near Eden,” he said. “Booderee is now largely free of feral predators thanks to the work of Parks Australia, and we’re hoping to translocate around 45 animals over three years.” 

Threatened Species Recovery Hub researchers are tracking the animals.

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