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Yookamurra Sanctuary

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by Bowen Bowie-Woodham (subscribe)
I write, read, travel, garden, renovate, work, drink coffee - all the usual things. My lovely partner often accompanies me, and of course my constant companions, two feisty terriers, are never far from my side. We live in and enjoy South Australia.
Published May 13th 2019
Protecting endangered native wildlife
Nestled in the Murray-Mallee, past a little town called Sedan, off of the Stott Highway, before you cross the Murray River into another little town called Swan Reach, if you are looking from your car window, you won't see Yookamurra for the trees! Boasting some of the oldest growth Mallee in Australia, with trees 600 years old, Yookamurra provides natural habitat for many endangered native species, including the Numbat, Malleefowl, and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.

Yookamurra, malleefowl, mallee, bushland, hairy-nosed wombat, numbat, bushland, South Australia, arid land
Malleefowl. (photo: abc.net.au)


Yookamurra covers 5,000 hectares of semi-arid land in South Australia, with an annual average rainfall of only 270ml which falls mainly between May and August. The summer temperatures can be extremely high, with the highest recorded being 50`C, and very low overnight temperatures in winter, with the lowest recorded being -8`C.

Yookamurra, malleefowl, mallee, bushland, hairy-nosed wombat, numbat, bushland, South Australia, arid land
Numbat (image: abc.net.au)


Yookamurra protects wild populations of four threatened mammals on its 1,100 hectares of feral-free native bushland. At home here are the Bilby, Numbat, Burrowing Bettong (Boodie) and Brush-tailed Bettong (Woylie). Populations of Numbats, Brush-tailed Bettongs and Bilbies have declined significantly over the last 10 15 years, and the Burrowing Bettong is extinct on mainland Australia except in protected areas such as here at Yookamurra.

Yookamurra is also home to the Western Pygmy Possum, Common and Fat-tailed Dunnarts. More than 110 bird species are confirmed to live on Yookamurra, including rare or declining woodland birds like the Hooded Robin, Gilbert's Whistler, Brown Treecreeper and Elegant Parrot. Yookamurra conducts important research projects associated with the reintroduction of threatened species.

Yookamurra, malleefowl, mallee, bushland, hairy-nosed wombat, numbat, bushland, South Australia, arid land, western pygmy possum
Western Pygmy Possum (photo: abc.net.au)


Just a two-hour drive from Adelaide, Yookamurra endeavours to involve the educate the public through its school education, research and volunteer programs, offering activities and overnight camps for student groups.

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Why? Protected Endangered Wildlife
When: all year
Where: South Australia
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Thanks Bowen, I'd never heard of this place.
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Can general public visit
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