Alexandra Ross

Aly Ross
Contact details:
Phone: 0422445450 (home) 0498244483 (field)
Level 5, E26 Biological Sciences Building
 

Research Title: Improving the reintroduction success of Australian species

Invasive predators like feral cats and foxes are a major threat for many of Australia's species, especially those in the critical weight range (35-5500g). Reserves and sanctuaries build fences to protect vulnerable species, but this can cause prey naivete, making the population more susceptible to predation if a later release into the wild occurs. How do we protect our species without making them naive? My research is examining novel strategies being used to reduce prey naivete and allow wild introductions of locally extinct species. I am working with bilbies and bettongs at Arid Recovery Reserve in South Australia, comparing the success of populations that have been exposed to varying levels of predator pressure. I am also working with the Nailtail Nursery at Avocet Nature Refuge in central Queensland. There are less than 500 bridled nailtail wallabies left in the wild, and the nursery aims to protect vulnerable juveniles without creating a naive population.

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