Disney Conservation Fund Support AWC Conservation Work
Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: November 17, 2021 10:44 pm
The mala is one of the species which will be protected under the Newhaven Mammal Reintroduction Program
Photo Credit: Australian Wildlife Conservancy
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy have received a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) to fund their Newhaven Mammal Reintroduction Program.
The Newhaven Mammal Reintroduction Program is based at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary – the largest non-government protected area in Australia. It will see 11 locally extinct species released back to Central Australia.
Species to be protected under this program include the nationally threatened Golden Bandicoot, Numbat, Greater Bilby, Brushtail Possum, Central Rock-rat, Western Quoll, Burrowing Bettong and Shark Bay Mouse (Alice Springs Mouse).
DCF provide critical support to community-led projects which work to create a healthier home for people and wildlife. The fund support efforts around the world. Since 1995 over $120 million dollars has been distributed to non-profit organizations.
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Releases have already begun at Newhaven. Mala, red-tailed phascogale and brush-tailed bettongs wer returned to the sanctuary during releases in 2017, 2020 and 2021.
“AWC’s critical science work will be amplified by a touch of Disney magic in Central Australia, one of Australia’s most ecologically important regions,” said Tim Allard, Australian Wildlife Conservancy Chief Executive Office.
“DCF’s generous grant helps us to move forward with wildlife reintroductions at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary which will more than double the global populations of some of these endangered species.”
The recipients of Disney Conservation Fund grants are selected based their efforts to implement comprehensive community wildlife conservation programs, stabilize and increase populations of at-risk animals and engage communities in conservation in critical ecosystems around the world.
Learn more about the Australian Wildlife Conservancy on their website – Australian Wildlife Conservancy
A view of the landscape within Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary
Photo Credit: Joey Clarke/ Australian Wildlife Conservancy