Securing the future of threatened long-nosed potoroos
FORESTRY CORPORATION of NSW is continuing to trap endangered long-nosed potoroos in State forests south of Eden and relocate them to more suitable habitats to promote their survival.
Forestry Eden-based Corporation’s Senior Field Ecologist, Peter Kambouris, said following the successful release of 23 potoroos into Booderee National Park in Spring 2014, they relocated another 13 animals late in October.
The survival of the potoroos is a credit to several agencies working including Forestry Corporation, Parks Australia and Australian National University.
“When Forestry Corporation’s monitoring of the potoroos suggested numbers were robust enough to support a translocation from State forests into the Booderee National Park, we began planning this event,” Peter said.
“Teams from Booderee National Park, the Forestry Corporation and the Australian National University set traps in State forests near Eden.
“The long-nosed potoroo was also one of the first species to increase in population since Forestry Corporation changed its baiting in 2008 from a traditional seasonal program to ongoing landscape control spanning more than 100,000 hectares.
“The reintroduction of the species from State forests into the national park estate is a pivotal milestone in the strategic management of pest animals and threatened species in NSW. It is evidence that declining trends in critical weight range mammals can be reversed with effective management of their threats and monitoring.”
The potoroos are trapped, checked, and released into Booderee National Park on the same day in order to minimise any stress on the animals.
Attention is also being given to ensuring the potoroos represent a particular male to female ratio, reproductive status, age and condition.
This potoroo is heading for a better life.
Karrie Rose, Jane Hall, Nick Dexter, Peter Kambouris.