Aussie Ark, WildArk, Re: wild and Australian Reptile Park have secured 1,500 hectares of pristine bush habitat in Upper Mongogarie, New South Wales for a Mongo Valley Wildlife Sanctuary project.
The wildlife sanctuary will be modeled after the successful Aussie Ark wildlife sanctuary creation model launched in the Barrington Tops of New South Wales.
The site is located approximately 30 kilometers from the World Heritage listed Mallanganee National Park and 70 kilometers from the Richmond Range National Park. The future sanctuary is located in one of Australia’s most biodiverse regions, reflected by the diverse plant communities that are home to a range of mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates.
Plans for the aptly named Mongo Valley Wildlife Sanctuary include creating a wildlife-free sanctuary fit to accommodate the return of a suite of endangered Australian wildlife.
Tim Faulkner, President of Aussie Ark, notes that “we are working under a model of species recovery, creation of insurance breeding populations, habitat restoration, protection and restoration of the bush. Australian and rewilding, returning species to their homes.
“The acquisition of Mongo Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and its transformation into a wildlife sanctuary is just one more step in the right direction for Australian wildlife. It offers a huge opportunity for wildlife conservation.
The Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary has a proven track record, welcoming the return of the Eastern Quoll and the Tasmanian Devil – both species have been extinct from the mainland for some time. Since their return, the organization has reported successful wild breeding of both species, proving how well the protected sanctuary model works.
Teams from Aussie Ark, WildArk and Australian Reptile Park visited the site when possible to conduct wildlife surveys, initiate weed management programs and begin planning for construction of the anti-wild predator fence.
Mark Hutchinson, Founder of WildArk, said: “It has been wonderful to focus our energy during COVID in our own backyard and to help Aussie Ark expand their impressive breeding program with 1,500 hectares of Australian bush in great size. part intact. This is another step in our partnership and on the road to the recovery of native wildlife on the east coast.
“We hope that with the incredible support of Re: wild, all of our staff, volunteers, ambassadors and donors, we can continue to acquire land for biodiversity and build a chain of wildlife refuges across the country. Australia.”
Once the property is purchased and protected, the next steps include building a fence that is resistant to wild predators and working to rid the site of predators such as foxes and cats. This is essential for the success of the project. Beyond the elimination of wildlife, organizations will work to wage a war against invasive noxious weeds and develop fire management actions to help mitigate the threat of intense bushfires.
Don Church, President of Re: wild added, “We must protect wild places and all the species that live there to effectively address climate change and the extinction crisis. Mongo Valley is exactly the kind of wilderness we need. Its varied ecology will be able to support native species that will help make Australia more resilient to human-induced climate change and things like bushfires. “
The Mongo Valley Sanctuary holds so much hope for wildlife conservation that its significant biodiversity and ecological value will prove vital for the protection and preservation of Australian wildlife. You can support the Mongo Valley Shrine by donating here
More information on Aussie Ark at www.aussieark.org.au; Learn more about Re: wild at rewild.org; Learn more about WildArk at wildark.org.
Image: Courtesy Aussie Ark
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