The case studies--Heirisson Prong Peninsula (Shark Bay) reintroduction of the Burrowing Bettong
and the Proserpine Rock Wallaby recovery plan--provide excellent accounts of conservation management with realistic evaluations of their success.
Up to 11 species will be part of the reconstruction including boodies (burrowing bettong
), mala (rufous hare wallaby) and chuditch (western quoll).
They have documented many cases of indiscriminate surplus predation by the fox on species including the burrowing bettong
, the black-flanked rock-wallaby and the tammar wallaby.
ON the Heirisson Prong Peninsula, scientists and wildlife managers are fighting an ongoing battle to protect from predators reintroduced populations of the burrowing bettong
Bettongia lesueur, and western barred bandicoot Perameles bougainville.
Noble (1993) showed that large circular features in central Australia with altered distributions of calcrete were probably the result of the warrens of burrowing bettongs
(Bettongia lesueur), a species of rat-kangaroo absent from the survey area for many decades.
It arose from his fascination with the ring-like diggings of the malleefowl and the crescent shaped excavations of the burrowing bettongs
. The latter species became extinct on the Australian mainland earlier this century, and the mallee fowl is now rare or absent from large tracts of the rangelands.