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Australian Wildlife Conservancy Announce Expansion of Curramore Sanctuary

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: January 25, 2022 4:20 am

Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary Expansion

An aerial view of the Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary landscape

Photo Credit: Wayne Lawler/ Australian Wildlife Conservancy

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy have announced an expansion to Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary in South-East Queensland. Following the transfer of a 26.1 hectare parcel of land to the sanctuary this week the total area protected is now almost 200 hectares.

Following the expansion the new area will provide additional protection for threatened species in the area.

Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary Expansion

A map showing the expansion area of the Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary

Photo Credit: Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Curramore takes in an array of habitats including rainforest, tall eucalypt and grassy open forests. Over 700 species have been documented in the sanctuary since it was established in 2003. A range of threatened species are offered protection in the habitat including the Koala, Marbled Frogmouth, Grey-headed Flying Fox, and Golden-tipped Bat, as well as one of Australia’s largest butterflies, the Richmond Birdwing.

With the expansion Curramore is now directly connected to a road and will have better access for the team to carry out weed control and conduct wildlife surveys. The expansion will also allow additional protection for the  headwaters of Little Cedar Creek (home to the Maleny Spiny Crayfish, an ancient species that can be traced back to Gondwana).

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The Australian Wildlife Conservancy's strategy at Curramore will focus on large scale control for weeds. This will target the nationally significant weed Lantana along with efforts to manage fire risk.

AWC are also undertaking long-term monitoring of the ecological health of the area. During the latest survey they found three species of glider and the threatened tusked frog.

Learn more about the Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary on the Australian Wildlife Conservancy website – Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary

Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary Expansion

A northern short eared possum pictured at the Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary

Photo Credit: Wayne Lawler/ Australian Wildlife Conservancy

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