Jedbinbilla Safe Haven: A Beacon of Hope for the Endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

ACT, Australia

Description: The ACT Government opens Jedbinbilla Safe Haven to protect the critically endangered southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby from extinction.

Publication Date: 2024-06-14 00:00:00+10:00

Link: https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/vassarotti/2024/safe-haven-opens-for-the-threatened-brush-tailed-rock-wallaby

In a significant milestone for wildlife conservation, the ACT Government has officially opened the Jedbinbilla Safe Haven at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This predator-proof enclosure aims to protect the critically endangered southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, with less than 100 of these animals remaining in the wild.

Minister for the Environment, Parks and Land Management Rebecca Vassarotti expressed the ACT Government’s ongoing commitment to threatened species in the territory. “The Jedbinbilla Safe Haven will be a crucial step towards their recovery,” she stated, emphasizing the importance of preserving genetic diversity for the species’ survival.

The ACT Government has been contributing to the recovery of the southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby since the mid-1990s by protecting and breeding animals in captivity at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The animals produced by this breeding program are now more genetically robust than the few remaining animals in the wild.

The safe haven is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders, including the Threatened Species Commissioner, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Recovery Team, Zoos Victoria, Prague Zoo, and the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water.

Dr. Sarah May, the Threatened Species Program Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, praised the dedication and perseverance of all involved. “This is an incredible achievement…providing a safe home for Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies,” she said.

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