Trial translocation of the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) into arid Australia

  • Published source details Bester A.J. & Rusten K. (2009) Trial translocation of the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) into arid Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 31, 9–16.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Release translocated mammals into fenced areas

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Release translocated mammals into fenced areas

    A study in 2005–2006 of a savanna reserve in South Australia, Australia (Bester et al. 2009) found that following translocation and release into a fenced area, only two of five translocated numbats Myrmecobius fasciatus remained alive after seven months. One male was predated by a raptor 47 days after release. Two females were each carrying young four months after release, but both died three months later, probably due to raptor predation. Two males remained alive for at least 18 months after release. Five translocated numbats (three males and two females) were released in November 2005 into a 14-km2 fenced area from which red foxes Vulpes vulpes and feral cats Felis catus were excluded. All animals were released on the day of capture or the following day. Animals were radio-tracked daily for three months and weekly for six further months. Methods for monitoring after that time are not detailed.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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