Image: © Aussie Ark

Aussie Ark Release Long-Nosed Potoroo


The Animal Facts Editorial Team


March 3, 2023 6:59 pm


Aussie Ark, New South Wales, Australia

Elfie, the famous long-nosed potoroo is back in the wild after being given a second chance in life by keepers at the conservation project, Aussie Ark. Following a tough start to life where his mother rejected him, Elfie was rescued and raised by Aussie Ark Manager of Conservation Hayley Shute and her family before Christmas.

Prior to his release Elfie was brought to Aussie Ark in the Barrington Tops where Curator Kelly Davis, who has worked hard over two months to prepare Elfie for reintegration with his own species in the Ark’s Species Recovery Unit.

After spending time in a special playpen getting to know the other potoroos Elfie was this week set free.

“After so many months of care by the Aussie Ark team, Elfie has been reunited with his own kind,” Ms Kelly said. “It’s a bittersweet moment. We put so much time, effort and love into his care. But this is what it’s all about; have him live as he would in the wild.” 

The announcement of Elfie’s release comes on World Wildlife Day. The day is designated by the United Nations to celebrate, and raise awareness about, the world’s wild animals and plants.

“It’s a day to reflect and learn about our wonderful wildlife,” Ms Kelly said. “So it’s very apt to focus our attention on Elfie today, and the future of Long-nosed potoroos.”

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