Rebecca West

Releasing Bilby back in the Taronga Sanctuary at Dubbo

A nocturnal marsupial has been reintroduced into a feral-free area created by a UNSW-led project.

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UNSW scientists have created a 40-square-kilometre sanctuary for native Australian animals in the Sturt National Park that is completely free of feral animals such as rabbits, foxes and cats.

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A study of burrowing bettongs in the Australian desert has shown for the first time that exposing threatened native animals to small numbers of predators in the wild teaches them how to avoid their enemies.