Saving the Kangaroo Island Dunnart from extinction Kangaroo Island, South Australia
We are working closely with our partners on Kangaroo Island in response to the bushfire crisis. This is a long-term problem in urgent need of addressing.
FAME will fund a helicopter to assist identify some key sites on the island for Dunnarts.
We will capture as many of the Dunnarts as possible to protect and keep safe in a refuge - away from feral predators.
In the meantime we will look at working with partners to fence a feral proof sancturary to re-release the Dunnarts long-term.
Kangaroo Island Dunnart is endemic to Kangaroo Island, South Australia. With approx 300 individuals remaining they are one of Australia’s most endangered species.The Kangaroo Island Dunnart is a small a dark sooty-grey coloured dunnart species that is found only on Kangaroo Island. They are nocturnal and their diet consists of invertebrates, mainly ants and spiders, however scorpions, beetles, and grasshoppers are also eaten.
This project will help save the Kangaroo Island Dunnart from extinction by controlling feral cats, establishing a refuge behind predator-proof fencing and surveying and monitoring of the populations.
This project will make a very significant contribution to preventing the extinction of the Kangaroo Island Dunnart.
Urgency and Action:
We need to capture and establish a safe refuge for the Dunnarts following the horrendous bushfires on Kangaroo Island.
Scientists have given the Kangaroo Island Dunnart a 22% chance of becoming extinct in the next 20 years unless action is taken to address threats. Implementation of this project may be the difference in the survival or extinction of the Kangaroo Island Dunnart.
The Kangaroo Island Dunnart threatened with extinction from bushfires and feral predators being identified as a significant threatening process.
The nonprofit organisation Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife Association Incorporated will implement this project. They have a vison that by 2021, in partnership with private Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife landholders, they will manage 50,000 hectares of private lands for Kangaroo Island Dunnart conservation, with a longer-term vision to down grade the Kangaroo Island Dunnart EPBC Act and South Australian State listing from Endangered to Vulnerable by 2029.
This project follow an earlier collaboration between FAME and Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife Association Incorporated on the successful Finding the Kangaroo Island Dunnart project.
Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife Association Incorporated will involve Natural Resources Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island Community Education, Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife Program and the South Australian Sporting Shooters Association in supporting the outcomes of this project. The South Australian Sporting Shooters Association to undertake regular feral cat control across private properties.
- 24 JUNE 2019; We need your help to save the Kangaroo Island Dunnart from extinction. Read more: Project release
- 6 JANUARY 2020; The devastating impact of fires on Kangaroo Island. Read more: Project update
- 12 JANUARY 2020; Bushfire Appeal Expenditure: Kangaroo Island Dunnart. Read more: Project update
Images supplied by Jody Gates at the South Australian Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources.