Thirty-six dibblers, one of Australia’s rarest marsupials, were releasedinto the wild at Dirk Hartog Island National Park.
The dibblers, which were born at Perth Zoo, were released as part of the‘Return to 1616’ ecological restoration project.
Reece Whitby, WA Environment Minister, said the release was an excitingmilestone for the project and one worth celebrating.
“As dibblers are an endangered species, every individual animal released backinto safe habitat makes a big difference to the future of the species.
“I’d like to commend scientists and zookeepers at the Department ofBiodiversity, Conservation and Attractions who are working hard to create andmaintain feral cat free sanctuaries that support our native species and ensurethey can thrive for generations to come.”
In total, 93 dibblers have been released on the island and while they canprove difficult to monitor, there is evidence of successful breeding amongstthe previously released dibblers.
Since the commencement of the project, scientists have translocated bandedhare-wallabies, Shark Bay bandicoots, dibblers, rufous hare-wallabies, SharkBay mice, and greater stick-nest rats.
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