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Eastern Barred Bandicoot back from the brink of extinction

One of the state’s most endangered native animals has been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to a conservation program backed by the Victorian Government.

The re-establishment of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot on Phillip Island is the first time in Victorian history a species declared extinct in the wild has had its decline successfully reversed. The Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team, which includes representatives from Phillip Island Nature Parks, Zoos Victoria, DELWP and Parks Victoria, released 67 bandicoots on to Phillip Island in 2017. That number has now grown to approximately 300 animals.

The success of the program is so significant the findings are now being assessed by scientists and may soon result in a downgrading of the species threat status from critically endangered.

To read the full media release go to - https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/eastern-barred-bandicoot-back-from-brink-of-extinction/

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