6 July 2023

VIDEO: BETTONGS ON BOARD - TINY MARSUPIALS FLY INTERSTATE TO NEW HOME IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

In this powerful video, seven commercial flights landed in Adelaide last week with some unusual passengers - a group of tiny, critically endangered marsupials with huge cultural significance to First Nations Peoples.

Seventy-three brush-tailed bettongs were flown more than 2,000 kilometres from Western Australia to a new home in Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park as part of an ambitious project to restore locally extinct species to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

The project, called Marna Banggara, is jointly funded through the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board, the Australian Government National Landcare Program, the SA Department for Environment and Water (DEW), WWF-Australia, and Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, in partnership with the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation and with the support of Traditional Custodians, the Narungga people.