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- Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning - 333 North Boundary Rd, Hamilton
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We are seeking helpful volunteers whoare keen to clean-up the bandicoot enclosure of wind blown rubbish. Rubbish often accumulates alongside the fences and can also blow into the enclosure. We need to remove the rubbish from the enclosure to keep it functioning as good as it possibly can to protect our furry little survivors!
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is a small, nocturnal marsupial that rests in a shallow, grass lined nest during the day and come out to forage at night on a variety of invertebrates, such as worms, grubs and beetles.
Eastern Barred Bandicoots were once widespread across the grasslands and grassy woodlands of western Victoria, extending into the south-east corner of South Australia. Widespread decline of the species occurred across Victoria, primarily due to a combination of predation by introduced foxes and habitat loss. By the 1970’s, the subspecies could only be found in Hamilton, but this population was also declining.
In 1989, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot was on the brink of extinction, this led to the formation of a multi-organisational Recovery Team that coordinated a recovery program focusing on predator control, habitat management and captive breeding.
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