Genetically diverse breeding pairs have been matched and will be housed at the new SMCBC at Moonlit Sanctuary and also at Melbourne Zoo with the eventual goal of releasing the offspring to the wild. The Sanctuary is part of the Pookila Captive Breeding Program and Reintroduction Program, collaborating with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Gippsland Water Parks Victoria, Zoo and Aquarium Association, Zoos Victoria and members of the national Pookila Recovery Team.
“This new facility will help Moonlit safeguard the Pookila against extinction, while also allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of how the species breeds and responds to a changing environment,” said Michael Johnson, Director and Founder of Moonlit Sanctuary.
“The Small Mammals Conservation Breeding Centre will further Moonlit Sanctuary as a conservation hub for native species with programs already in place for the Orange-bellied Parrot, Spot-tailed Quoll, and Regent Honeyeater,” continued Mr Johnson.
Going forward, in addition to the Pookila, the Small Mammals Conservation Breeding Centre is well equipped to work with a range of small native mammals.
We know that survival is tough for many Australian animals and plants given that some 2000 species are threatened with extinction, and that climate change ranks as an important factor.