Sheepdogs successfully protecting little penguins at Middle Island

February 21, 2015 4:37 pm

Sheepdogs have proved they can protect little penguins, so now they
are to become the personal bodyguards of endangered bandicoots.
A
squad of six Maremma guardian dogs will be roped into protecting a
group of Eastern Barred Bandicoots from feral cats and foxes when they
are released into the wild in western Victoria.
The endangered
bandicoot was thought lost to Victoria until fewer than 50 were
rediscovered living among a pile of wrecked cars at the Hamilton tip in
the late 1980s.

One of the dogs that has been successfully protecting little penguins at Middle Island.

Melbourne Zoo went on to breed 650 bandicoots, with many released at protected feral-proof fenced areas.
Now,
inspired by the Middle Island Maremma Project, where the sheepdogs
successfully protected little penguins near Warrnambool, the bandicoots
will soon be released on to private land at Tiverton Station as part of a
state government and community-funded trial.

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