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Family Day at Woodlands Historic Park

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Come to this family day event in aid of an extinct species
Family days are so important as they teach youngsters to mix with people they do not know and there is much to be learned from this activity.

This function will be a morning of fun and education, where you will learn about the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot. This animal was once common across Victoria's volcanic plains and grasslands. Nowadays, the mammal known as the Eastern Barred Bandicoot or Perameles Gunnii is one of Australia's most endangered species. It is actually considered extinct in the wild, so it is not an animal you will see readily. This has occurred mainly due to farms clearing land and the "consequent loss of over 99% of its native grassland habitat." Further events such as foxes and other predators such as cats and dogs, as well as competition with rabbits, have also caused a decline in this animal. These little critters are shy and are now depending totally on captive breeding programs and secure, healthy, predator-free habitat. It is only with these conditions that they will survive.

Image: By John Gould F.R.S.,.au/bioinformatics/mammals/images/Per_gunn.htm, Public Domain,

This event will be held on 25th May from 9.00 am to 12 noon. It will be held at the Conservation Volunteers Australia (Melbourne), 120 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne. It will be run by Conservation Volunteers Australia who are Australia's leading conservation volunteer organisation, which was founded in 1982. They have conservation programs across Australia which enable volunteers to "protect, preserve and restore the Australian environment." The projects take place in urban, regional and remote areas. They include tree planting, seed collection, weed control and flora and fauna surveys. As well as all these they build tracks and trails, fencing and heritage restoration.

With the support of Melbourne Airport, Conservation Volunteers Australia has made a 300 hectare protected and predator-proof habitat for the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot. This is right at Melbourne Airport and community members and volunteers have worked tirelessly during the past four years. During this time, they have managed to repair, install and maintain the predator-proof fence at Woodlands Historic Park.

In 2012, there were 47 animals released in the Park and they now have over 120 roaming safe! What a wonderful effort this is! Conservation Volunteers Australia and Melbourne Airport welcome everyone to a morning full of fun activities, such as colouring in bandicoots for children, bait rolling and monitoring camera traps.

It is very important that they get everyone's help in the recovery of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, so the species can come back virtually from the brink of extinction!

Organisers can arrange transport from their Melbourne office at 8.30 am and should you require this please phone 03 9326 8250 or email Or alternatively, meet them on the site at 9.00 am.

Click on their Facebook page for more information.
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Why? For a family day out
When: 25th May 2019
Where: Conservation Volunteers Australia (Melbourne)
Cost: FREE entry
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