Brush-tailed Bettong, Woylie
EPBC Status: Endangered
SPRAT Species Profile: Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi — Woylie
Found in: Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales (fenced)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
Woylies are small, brush-tailed marsupials that were once the most widely-distributed of all the Bettongs, occurring across much of the mainland. Woylies rapidly declined after European settlement and were restricted to four areas in south-west WA by the 1960s. Population recovery as a result of broad scale fox baiting was observed in the 1990s, but this was followed by sudden population decline again in 2000s, mostly due to increased cat predation.
Implementation of integrated broad scale fox and feral cat control using Eradicat, aerially deployed over 15,000 km2, is again facilitating the recovery of Woylies in south-west WA, via the WA Government’s Western Shield program.
Other management actions have included translocations to intensively managed areas that are free of introduced predator or where predators are strongly controlled. Woylies are currently extant on three SA islands (all cat- and fox-free), within eight cat- and fox-free fenced exclosures, and in one fenced peninsula where some feral cats are present. Translocations of Woylies to two large predator‑proof exclosures in NSW are planned for 2019 and 2021.
- Threatened species strategy
- 20 birds by 2020
- 20 mammals by 2020
- 30 plants by 2020
- Three year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
Please note that this scorecard is due for review in Year 5 of the Threatened Species Strategy (2020). If you would like to contribute information on this species please provide your contact details to ThreatenedSpeciesCommissioner@awe.gov.au
Photo credit: © Rob McLean