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Bilby Bounces Back at Central Australia Sanctuary After Drastic Decline

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Thirty-two greater bilbies have been released at a sanctuary in Newhaven, Northern Territory, as part of a project to reintroduce the species to Central Australia after a drastic decline in their numbers.

Footage from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy shows the animals being packed and shipped via plane from Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales to the Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary.

The fenced-off sanctuary, which provides the bilbies and other species with a 9,450-hectare feral-predator-free area, is one of Australia’s largest fenced safe havens.

Eighteen males and 14 females in total were released, the conservancy said.

Helen Crisp, a regional ecologist with the conservancy, said: “The bilby is the fourth mammal to be reintroduced at Newhaven inside the fenced area, which we also commonly call stage one, so it’s really exciting. We are hoping to reintroduce up to 10 locally extinct mammals.” Credit: Australian Wildlife Conservancy via Storyful

Video transcript

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Just get this in the [INAUDIBLE].

HELEN CRISP: So the bilby is the fourth reintroduced mammal to be released at New Haven inside the fenced area, which we also commonly call stage one. So it's really exciting. We are hoping to reintroduce up to 10 locally extinct mammals, and the bilby is the fourth one.

- Bilby.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Because it's bilby time. Let them all go home.

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