Australia completes world’s largest cat-proof fence to protect endangered marsupials
Feral cats kill a million native birds every night and have caused extinction of 20 native species
The world’s largest cat-proof fence has been completed in central Australia, creating a 94 square kilometre sanctuary for endangered marsupials.
The 44 km fence- made use of 85,000 sentries, 400 km of wire and 130 km of netting- surrounds the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary, a former cattle station that has been bought by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
Endangered species such as the bilby, the burrowing bettong and the mala( also known as the rufous hare-wallaby) will have a chance to replenish their populations inside the massive sanctuary, safe from Australia’s feral cat epidemic.
Feral cats kill a million native birds every night across Australia and have caused the extinction of 20 native species since they were introduced by the first fleet.
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