Return to 1616: Multispecies Fauna Reconstruction Requires Thinking Outside the Box

Saul Cowen, Colleen Sims, Kym Ottewell, Fiona Knox, Tony Friend, Harriet Mills, Sean Garretson, Kelly Rayner, Lesley Gibson

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Conservation translocations have become increasingly popular for ‘rewilding’ areas that have lost their native fauna. These multispecies translocations are complex and need to consider the requirements of each individual species as well as the influence of likely interactions among them. The Dirk Hartog Island National Park Ecological Restoration Project, Return to 1616, aspires to restore ecological function to Western Australia’s largest island. Since 2012, pest animals have been eradicated, and conservation translocations of seven fauna species have been undertaken, with a further six planned. Here, we present a synthesis of the innovative approaches undertaken in restoring the former faunal assemblage of Dirk Hartog Island and the key learnings gathered as the project has progressed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2762
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

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