We're for protecting endangered species.
We currently provide protection to a number of endangered species, such as the iconic South-Eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, the Golden Sun Moth, Growling Grass-frog and Striped Legless Lizard on our Conservation Reserve.
And now there's another endangered species that we're adding to our list – the Eastern Bettong.
For bushwalkers of the 1800s, Bettongs would have been a common sight along most of eastern seaboard of Australia – from Melbourne all the way up to Brisbane.
But extensive clearing and the introduction of wild foxes resulted in these little kangaroo cousins being completely wiped out from the mainland 100 years ago.
The Bank Australia Impact Fund is proud to invest $90,000 over three years to the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust to support their work in protecting the Eastern Bettong.
In 2012, there were 23 Bettongs from Tasmania reintroduced to the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve in Canberra, which is a predator-free sanctuary. There are now 200 Bettongs at the reserve.
The Trust's next initiative is to hand-raise Eastern Bettongs for education and outreach activities.
The program looks to raise two or three Bettongs to educate and inspire Year 4 school students to care for biodiversity and conservation. The program will introduce the students to the concepts of food webs, weeds, feral animals and the unique Australian biodiversity under threat.
The objective of this program funding is to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity whilst building a cohort of young Australians actively engaged in environmentalism as well as to protect and enhance conservation and threatened species in the ACT and surrounding region.
We look forward to helping save these cute creatures from extinction and educating children on the importance of conservation.
Watch the video below about Brian the Bettong and his quest for a bigger home. If you'd like to help save the Bettong from extinction please visit bettongbungalow.org and make a tax deductible donation.