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All proceeds from the Zoo Twilights music series contributes to saving a tiny marsupial called the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
Although the mainland subspecies of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is already classified as extinct in the wild, Zoos Victoria has an ambitious aim to take them off the extinction list. This involves working with a range of community partners on a complex breeding and re-population program.
Once widespread across Western Victoria, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot was driven to extinction as a result of predation from foxes and the loss of their grassland habitat. Eastern Barred Bandicoots were last seen in south-west Victoria. Some of these wild Bandicoots became the founding members of a captive-breeding program at Zoos Victoria which began more than 25 years ago. Since then, Zoos Victoria has bred more than 650 Eastern Barred Bandicoots.
In addition to the breeding program, Zoos Victoria is also leading a trial to find out if specially trained Maremma Guardian Dogs can operate as ‘bodyguards’ to protect Eastern Barred Bandicoots. Eight Maremma recruits are in the midst of training for this very important role, spending time with sheep and bandicoots as they prepare for active duty in special trial sites on private property in Victoria’s south west.
This innovative trial is an example of the lengths Zoos Victoria is willing to go to, to protect this precious native species.
In cooperation with a range of partners and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team we are on the cusp of securing this small and shy Eastern Barred Bandicoot back to the wilds of Victoria.
Your concert ticket can help us save this species. Thank you!
Want to meet an Eastern Barred Bandicoot?
Everyday visitors can get up close to this precious species in Bandicoot Hideout at Werribee Open Range Zoo.