Sturt National Park

A white ute with 'Wild Deserts' logo under a starry night sky. Reece Pedler shines a spotlight from the ute into the distance.

For Bec West and Reece Pedler, it’s an overnight journey to buy groceries and a 350-kilometre round trip to take the kids to playgroup. But they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Crest-tailed mulgara

This is the project milestone ecologists had been hoping for.

Close-up of a bandicoot being held

After more than a century, locally extinct bandicoots have returned to Sturt National Park.

A bandicoot being released into the desert at night

The locally extinct animals have been reintroduced to the NSW outback as part of a major rewilding project led by UNSW Sydney.

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.