Thirty-eight ‘Stickies’ (Greater Stick-nest Rats), a native and endangered animal, were released into the Mallee Cliffs National Park by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) recently as part of an ongoing ‘Saving Our Species’ program.
The release is significant as the species had not been present in the Mallee area for almost 200 years due to predation by feral cats and foxes.
The Stickies will now be in a predator-free area at the park and will be able to thrive in their new environment.
“The Greater Stick-nest Rat itself is just really vulnerable to predation from introduced cats and foxes,” AWC Senior Wildlife Ecologist, Dr Laurence Berry said.
“So, this reintroduction into Mallee is a really exciting opportunity to restore this really interesting Australian species back into part of its former range from which it has been lost.”
The ‘Save Our Species’ program is being delivered in partnership with NSW National Parks, which means other areas in regional NSW can expect to play host to endangered species like the Stickies which were recently released.
The AWC and NSW National Parks have also received support from Monarto Zoo who are continuing to breed endangered species.
“Working together with Monarto Zoo, we’ve managed to achieve this great outcome,” Dr Laurance Berry said.
“It’s really great to see them getting onboard and seeing the results of this program so far.”