Wildlife Monitoring, Silky Mouse

Wildlife Monitoring in the Little Desert

An opportunity to support wildlife conservation efforts in the Little Desert, Victoria

This new 7 day hands-on wildlife research experience supports our Rewilding the Desert conservation project in the Little Desert region, Victoria. Located 375km west of Melbourne, near Dimboola in western Victoria, the Little Desert National Park covers 132,647-hectares (327,780-acres) and extends from the Wimmera River in the east to the South Australian border in the west near Naracoorte.

More than 670 species of native plants can be found in the Little Desert, representing about 20% of Victoria’s indigenous flora. Through land clearing and feral animal impact wildlife species which were once common to the Little Desert region are now endangered or vulnerable in the wild.

Rewilding the Desert is a long term wildlife conservation project and a partnership between Conservation Volunteers, Little Desert Nature Lodge and the FAUNA Research Alliance.

Our five core goals are:

  1. Reintroducing wildlife to bring Australian wildlife back from the brink
  2. Building a renowned desert conservation centre
  3. Working across the landscape to recreate functional desert ecosystems
  4. Nurturing an engaged community dedicated to sharing knowledge
  5. Creating a hub of participatory, hands-on learning

This ambitious and inspiring conservation program aims to reintroduce wildlife species back into the area including:

  • Western quoll (vulnerable)
  • Spot-tailed quoll (endangered)
  • Red-tailed black cockatoo (endangered)
  • Malleefowl (vulnerable)
  • Numbat (vulnerable)
  • Red-tailed phascogale (endangered)
  • Western barred bandicoot (endangered)
  • Bilby (vulnerable)
  • Burrowing Bettong (vulnerable)
  • Brush-tailed Bettong (endangered)

For people who enjoy a hands-on wildlife experience and seeing conservation efforts in action, this experience is not to be missed. During the week you will assist our researchers with daily wildlife trapping activities. The data is used to establish information on what wildlife species are currently in the region and ultimately the success of the rewilding program.

Contact us to find out more