Across northern Australia there has been a catastrophic decline in small mammal populations. Even Australia’s most iconic terrestrial National Park, Kakadu, has experienced a 75% decline in species richness in the last 15 years. This decline is driven by the interaction of feral cats, altered fire regimes and feral herbivores. At Wongalara Wildlife Sanctuary, located only 100 kilometres from Kakadu National Park, AWC has established the largest feral herbivore-free area (100,000 hectares) on mainland Australia. Combined with effective fire management, we expect this large-scale land management intervention to deliver a significant, measurable increase in small mammal populations. This strategy has already proven successful at AWC’s Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the central Kimberley. Mornington is now the only property in northern Australia to have recorded a recent increase in small mammal populations.
Please make a tax deductible donation to support the management of Australia’s largest feral herbivore-free area (the Top End).
$12 will support the management of 3 hectares of feral herbivore-free area at Wongalara.
To find out more, please visit www.australianwildlife.org.