The short answer, yes! The elusive Kangaroo Island Dunnart has been found.
When this project began, there were two major objectives:
- Ascertain the number of endangered Kangaroo Island Dunnarts (Sminthopsis aitkeni) living on the Island and protect them against feral predators and habitat loss.
- By March 2019, in partnership with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife and private-property owners, contribute to the management of 10,000 hectares of private lands for Kangaroo Island Dunnart conservation.
FAME’s funding - made possible by the support of its donors - has helped the Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife program engage with more than 60 landholders and gain access to greater than 14,000 hectares of western Kangaroo Island potential Dunnart habitat for survey work. Over 7,000 survey-nights have been completed across the 14,000 hectares, with over 50,000 images analysed.
These surveys resulted in a total of 32 Kangaroo Island Dunnart new records across six different locations.