Rewilding Yorke Peninsula
Yorke Peninsula will become home to the Great Southern Ark, a long-term project for reintroducing native species & rewilding the southern part of the region.
Over a 20-year period and covering 170,000 hectares, Rewilding Yorke Peninsula will see several environmental processes undertaken which will include strategic fencing, habitat restoration, threatened species recovery, pest management, sustainable agriculture and economic renewal program.
Rewilding Yorke Peninsula is expected to reintroduce 27 species which have been extinct from South Australia for 100 years. Some of the reintroduced species will include:
- Woylie (Brush-tailed Bettong)
- Southern Brown Bandicoot
- Red-tailed Phascogale
- Western Quoll
In addition to rewilding the southern part of Yorke Peninsula and providing a safe-haven for some of Australia’s most threatened species, the Great Southern Ark is expected is expand the population of some species including Barn Owls.
Anticipated to increase Yorke Peninsula’s attractiveness as an ecotourism destination for visitors, Rewilding Yorke Peninsula will also provide nature-based tourism opportunities.
What is rewilding?
Rewilding is the process of restoring an area of land to its natural & uncultivated state, most often in conjunction with the reintroduction of native animal species which have been extinct from that area.
It encourages natural processes to take place, ecosystems to be repaired and landscapes to be restored resulting in healthier and more diverse natural habitats.
Australian Government National Landcare Program; SA Department of Environment and Water; Northern & Yorke NRM Board; WWF-Australia; FAUNA Research Alliance; Birdlife Australia; Zoos SA; Conservation Volunteers Australia; Yorke Peninsula Tourism
Legatus Group; Regional Development Australia – Yorke Mid North; Yorke Peninsula Council; Primary Industries and Regions SA; Ag Excellence Alliance; Greening Australia; Trees for Life; Nature Conservation Society of SA; Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation