Above Image: Zoos Victoria.
Tile Image: Marko Sanovic.

Partnering for Recovery

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot was once widely spread across the grasslands of Victoria, however is now functionally extinct on the mainland. The reintroduction and survival of these shy, nocturnal tussock-dwellers depends entirely on effective collaboration between conservation organisations, government, business and broader community. On this field trip you will learn how an innovative cross sector partnership has contributed to the effective management of captive breeding programs and secure, healthy, predator-free habitat for the reintroduction of a critically endangered species in a densely populated urban environment.

During the field trip you will meet the industry leaders from all key project partners including, Parks Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team, Conservation Volunteers Australia and Zoos Victoria. You will tour Woodlands Historic Park and be involved in hands on scientific monitoring of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot population with catch and release monitoring activities. You will visit Zoos Victoria to have a once in a lifetime close encounter with the bandicoot and witness the world class captive breeding and research program.

Learning opportunities

  • Demonstrates a successful cross-sector partnership, including government agencies, business and community working together to restore a critically endangered species.
  • Highlights how the partnership model could be replicated to deal with major challenges facing protected area conservation, including conserving biodiversity within a growing population centre.
  • Hands on involvement in critical endangered species research.


Melbourne, Victoria.
Woodlands Historic Park Melbourne, Zoos Victoria:Werribee Open Range Zoo.


20 November (1 Day)


$190 per person

Field Trip Leader Contact

Name: Leesa Riley
Email: LRiley@conservationvolunteers.com.au


To view the itinerary click here.

Want to know more?

Visit Conservation Volunteer’s website here.

Visit Parks Victoria’s website here.

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