Wild Deserts’ Training Zone: Breeding smarter threatened species in the Strzelecki Desert



We need funding for another 10 km of predator-proof fencing for a massive hundred square kilometres ‘Wild Training Zone’, linked to the Wild Dog Fence. This will allow reintroduced threatened species living where feral predator numbers are tightly managed. We will build on recent scientific advances, showing predator awareness behaviour of threatened native mammals can be improved. Our innovative new approach will be critical for threatened species conservation around the world.


Your funding will go to:

  • 10 km of predator-proof fence, enclosing a one hundred square kilometre ‘Wild Training Zone’, where locally extinct mammals can survive in a feral predator-controlled area;
  • Research to increase predator-awareness of threatened species;
  • Management of threatened species and ecosystem restoration and;
  • Providing opportunities for visitors.


What can be achieved with your help?
Your donation can contribute:

  • $200 for building and management of 4 m of feral-proof fence – another ‘brick in the wall’ for our target 10 km.
  • $5,000 for a radio collar and tracking of a feral animals to monitor their behaviour and improved predator awareness behaviour of threatened species.
  • $30,000 for building and management of a kilometre of fence to enclose the Wild Training Zone.
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Wild Deserts (UNSW, Ecological Horizons) partners with the NSW Government, through the Saving Our Species program and National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Taronga Conservation Society. Funding is provided for building and managing two large predator-proof exclosures (each 2,000 ha) in Sturt National Park. We will reintroduce seven locally extinct species: the Bilby, Burrowing Bettong, Crest-tailed Mulgara, Western Barred Bandicoot, Golden Bandicoot, Stick-nest Rat and Western Quoll.


We now want to fund a massive training area of more than a hundred square kilometres. In so doing, we are chasing the ‘holy grail’ of global reintroduction, using cutting-edge research to get threatened species more aware of feral predators. This is not only important for the conservation of the species, but also for restoring ecosystems.


For further information please contact:
Grace Windeyer
Staff & Community Giving Officer
Alumni & External Engagement
E: g.windeyer@unsw.edu.au
T: +61 2 8936 4729