On Thursday, November 1, our team at Warrawong began the month with a pleasant surprise...a Tawny Frogmouth chick!
A fluffy surprise for Warrawong!
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Last year saw the return of Woylies or Brush Tail Bettongs to Warrawong Sanctuary and I'm excited to announce a second introduction of an additional five Woylies to our already growing population!
This critically endangered marsupial can only be seen at night. Photo: Kate Haensel
During late March Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary conducted its annual small mammal census. This year the process stepped up a notch with the inclusion of Zoo's Animal Health, and Species Management teams. This contributed greatly to more accurate processing of animals and data recording.
In the weeks prior to the census 150 cage traps, including small traps designed to capture mammals such as rodents, were distributed around the sanctuary. To encourage animals into the traps, they were locked open and food was placed inside. This meant when it came to trapping the animals they weren't shy of going into them. Once everything was set we were geared up for eight trapping sessions conducted over two weeks.
March 2012 is an exciting time on the calendar for Zoos SA. It marks the launch of the Thailand Wildlife Discovery tour, which will depart from Adelaide and spend 15 days exploring the many wonders that Thailand has to offer. Led by myself, Terry Intarakhamhaeng, Zoos SA birding specialist and Thai wildlife expert, this tour will not only focus on the many bird and wildlife species of the region, but also the culture, cuisine and mythology of this beautiful country.
What a difference a day makes when a group of dedicated staff and volunteers work together! The first ever Warrawong working bee was a huge success, with 'The Fernery' area around the café now looking lush and green, and over 7.5 tonnes of recyclable rubbish removed from the site.
Sad news at Warrawong with the passing of one of our hand raised Bandicoot joeys.
During a recent census at Warrawong, two Southern Brown Bandicoot joeys were found thrown from mum's pouch. The sisters were hand reared for a time, named Isa and Obel and became quite friendly.
Warrawongs' bandicoot sisters have definitely grown up! They have left their inside nursery and now live in a large enclosure which they have made their own. Their digging practice is being put to good use, with dozens of little cone shaped holes found every morning.
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is excited to introduce the newest members of our daily animal shows, two Southern Brown Bandicoots joeys! We stumbled across the two sisters during a recent census; they had been thrown from mum’s pouch just a bit too early, and still required milk.