Aussie Ark aims to establish insurance population of 7 carefully selected, keystone species and release them into semi-wild, predator proof fenced release sites with the eventual aim of re-introducing them back to the wild. Several of the 7 species are now absent in the Barrington Tops. They are ‘ecosystem engineers’, playing a key role in maintaining the health and functionality of the ecosystem. This will help restore habitat, causing a positive cascading effect of bringing the bush back into balance and provide a sanctuary to an array of fauna and flora. This conservation solution is also known as Rewilding
Rewilding is gaining ground in the field of conservation and there have been some great success stories where the reintroduction of native species, such as the grey wolves in Yellowstone National Park, have actually restored the ailing ecosystems in North America.
Large predators are among the most threatened species on the planet and ways of conserving them in the face of increasing human populations and associated resource requirements are becoming critical.
Focusing on the Tasmanian Devil as an ecosystem driver along with other terrestrial ecosystem engineers such as Bettongs, Bandicoots and Potorros, engages a full suite of functional relationships. We must not only look at conserving critically endangered species but establish methods to ensure more species are prevented from reaching that point by taking a more holistic approach.