Endangered Australian animals have found new home in western Sydney

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It’s no secret that Australia’s native animals might need a helping hand, especially after the 2019 bushfires. It looks like the NSW government is aiming to rectify this with the announcement of the arrival of a new national park in western Sydney.

A 500 hectare site in Shanes Park has been selected for the new reserve, which is touted as one of the largest urban wildlife restoration projects in Australian history.

“Nowhere else in the country, the reintroduction of 30 species in an urban environment of more than 500 hectares is even considered, let alone being delivered. Environment Minister Matt Kean said in a statement.

“Visiting Shanes Park will be like stepping back in time to see the Australian bush alive with native animals as it was before foxes, cats and rabbits had such a devastating impact.”

Animals like quolls, bettongs and brush-tailed phascogales are just a few of the locally extinct and threatened species that will find a home in the new park.

A wild predator-free zone with a special perimeter fence is being established and construction will begin over the next three months. The park is expected to be open to the public in early 2023.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new park would benefit both local wildlife and residents of western Sydney.

“This project will not only give the people of western Sydney a new place to enjoy the outdoors, but they will also have access to a conservation area and one of the best wildlife experiences in the country. “

The park will include a dedicated visitor experience with facilities, interpretive panels and an education center that will organize night tours.

An Indigenous name for the new national park will be announced in 2022, after consultation with First Nations groups.

The announcement comes shortly after last week’s announcement that the eastern Australian barred bandicoot has been brought back from extinction, showing just how important these conservation efforts are.



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