Aussie Ark officially opens its 400 hectare Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary

Joe Thompson from the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation and Chris Chapman of FAME officiated the opening of the wild sanctuary. Photo by David Stowe
Joe Thompson from the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation and Chris Chapman of FAME officiated the opening of the wild sanctuary. Photo by David Stowe

Conservation organisation Aussie Ark's fight against Australia's extinction crisis has led to the official opening of its 400 hectare Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary.

Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner stood next to Aussie Ark staff, partners and Joe Thompson from the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, to celebrate this milestone.

Tim Faulkner at the opening of Aussie Ark's Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary

"The long-awaited moment has finally arrived! We are delighted to officially open our biggest sanctuary yet," Mr Faulkner said.

"Returning native species to an area they once roamed is an important part of what Aussie Ark stands for. We have a unique opportunity to rewild Australia - one we won't pass up"

The Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary encloses 400 hectares of wilderness and is primarily made up of open forests and grasslands.

Aussie Ark aims to protect and preserve the habitat within the sanctuary through the removal of noxious weeds, habitat augmentation and of course in the return of lost species.

The fencing of the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary was completed as of November 2019, in addition to the removal of feral predators such as the cat and fox from its perimeters.

Without the threat of introduced predators, Australian native species are given the opportunity to survive and thrive in an environment that was once theirs. Despite the sanctuary being officially opened as of November 2020, many animals have been released into it over the past year.

Aussie Ark has a vision of creating a long-term future for Australia's threatened wildlife and aims of rewilding the Barrington Tops - returning a suit of missing mammals' species back to the landscape.

Donate today to aussieark.org.au to support the organisation's vision.

Aussie Ark

As a not for profit organisation, Aussie Ark raises the funds to continue its ambitious vision. Investment allows for the construction of captive facilities and predator-proof fencing on semi-wild parcels of land. Aussie Ark is a registered environmental organisation and charitable institution under the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission. Aussie Ark has deductible gift recipient status (DGR status) and is registered for GST purposes. More information at www.aussieark.org.au

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