Once common across Victoria’s volcanic plains and grasslands, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) mainland species is now one of Australia’s most endangered species and is considered extinct in the wild. Linked to the bandicoot’s decline is the use for farming and consequent loss of over 99% of its native grassland habitat. Further pressures such as predation from introduced foxes, cats and dogs and competition with rabbits have also caused decline. The survival of these shy tussock-dwellers now depends entirely on captive breeding programs and secure, healthy, predator-free habitat.
Threats: Predation and loss of habitat
Our work: monitoring, habitat restoration, predator control, community education
Taking action to conserve Eastern Barred Bandicoots
As part of our Wild Futures program, Conservation Volunteers Australia is working in partnership with Parks Victoria, Zoos Victoria, Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Centre, the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team to create predator free sanctuaries where bandicoots can flourish in their native grassland habitat.
Volunteers managed by Conservation Volunteers Australia are constructing and maintaining the predator exclusion fencing, eradicating pest animals including rabbits and foxes, restoring grassland habitats and monitoring bandicoot numbers at key sites across Victoria including;
- Woodlands Historic Park – adjacent to Melbourne Airport
- Hamilton Parklands – South West Victoria
- Tiverton Station – Western Victoria
Description and Distribution
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Mainland) is a yellowish-brown marsupial with 3-4 pale bars on its hindquarters. It has large pointed ears and a tail and can grow up to approximately 660 grams.
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is extinct in the wild and occurs as three introduced populations in southern Victoria: Hamilton Community Parklands, Mt Rothwell and Woodlands Historic Park. With Trial introductions occurring at French Island and planned for Tiverton Station. Once widespread over the volcanic plains of south-west Victoria and occurred between Melbourne and south-east South Australia.
Help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot
You can be a part of this important projects by volunteering to help the Eastern Barred Bandicoot or donating to our Wild Futures program to ensure their survival.Conservation Volunteers Australia is working with the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team mobilising and connecting people with nature, making it easy for people to make a difference and help secure Eastern Barred Bandicoots in the wild.
We have urgent need of support for a number of practical conservation activities linked to the protection and enhancement of these reserves as habitat for Eastern Barred Bandicoots including:
- Removal of invasive weed species
- Planting of native grasses
- Eradicating foxes and rabbits
- Maintenance and monitoring of exclusion fencing
- Eastern Barred Bandicoot population monitoring through survey methods including remote camera surveys and manual trapping
Your financial assistance or hands-on help in these endeavours will allow these bandicoots to increase in number in natural habitat, safe from predators and ensure that Eastern Barred Bandicoots will once again have a wild future.
Together we are the difference …
We need your continued support to safeguard the survival of Eastern Barred Bandicoots and their habitats along with other species across the country.
Would you like to give the Eastern Barred Bandicoot a wild future? You can do so by donating through our secure online system.
By volunteering on one of our field projects, you can make a practical contribution and help give the Eastern Barred Bandicoot a wild future.
Partners in Conservation
Our work to help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is supported by many organisations and individuals: including Zoos Victoria, Parks Victoria and Mount Rothwell and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team.
Find out more about becoming a partner
For further information the national recovery plan and Flora and Fauna Guarantee Action Statement provides useful information.