Guardian dogs recruited to help Australia’s endangered Bandicoot


In an unusual partnering, Australian conservationists are recruiting Maremma dogs for aMaremmaSheepdogPiazzaNavonaPiaage15ForegroundSaracinaAge7 new pilot program to help save the endangered Eastern Bandicoot. This follows a highly successful program where the Maremma protected the fairy penguins on Australia’s Middle Island from fox attacks. The dogs, which operated in pairs, form special bonds with the penguins and the fox, recognising the presence of a larger alpha male canine, ceased the attacks. The large, pale-coloured Maremma, comes from Italy where its  highly-developed protective instinct means it is extensively used for guarding livestock, particularly sheep, from wolf attack.

The Eastern Bandicoot was thought to be extinct in Victoria until a small colony was discovered in the 1980s. Melbourne Zoo has since bred more than 650 which it is keen to re-introduce into the wild providing it can put in place a program to give them their best chance against the fox, an introduced species now…

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5 Responses to Guardian dogs recruited to help Australia’s endangered Bandicoot

  1. sandy921 says:

    That is so cool! Maremmas are amazing, but you and Nellie already know that.

  2. Kyla says:

    That picture isn’t coming through. AFAIK, a bandicoot is an old person who steals.

  3. We could not see the pic either. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. We have plenty of bandicoots around us in Northern NSW. As they are a host to paralysis ticks I keep our goldens well fenced from the bandicoots. Ticks are a very real issue in our area. Joy

  5. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Fantastic. Hope it’s all very successful
    Lily & Edward

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