Endangered bandicoot back from the brink of extinction

15/09/2021 5:00:00 AM

Endangered bandicoot back from the brink of extinction

Endangered bandicoot back from the brink of extinction

Endangered eastern barred bandicoots are no longer classified as being extinct in the wild after conservation efforts.

Print with images and other media Print text only Print Cancel An endangered marsupial considered extinct in the wild for three decades has become the first Australian species to have its conservation status changed.Print with images and other media Print text only Print Cancel It is the elephant in the genomics room: can extinct species be resurrected? One bioscience firm insists they can, announcing its intent to use emerging technology to restore the woolly mammoth to the Arctic tundra.Mail They're the unexpected suburbs on the brink of mortgage hell.Bringing extinct creatures back to life is the lifeblood of science fiction.

Key points: Eastern barred bandicoots remain an endangered species but are surviving in the wild It's estimated around 1,500 bandicoots are living at protected sites and reserves around Victoria Successful conservation efforts have allowed Zoos Victoria to end its 30-year captive breeding program The eastern barred bandicoot remains on the endangered species list but new populations are thriving after successful breeding and release programs.The nocturnal species was once common on the grassy plains of south-west Victoria but was decimated by foxes, cats and loss of habitat due to farming."Never before has humanity been able to harness the power of this technology to rebuild ecosystems, heal our Earth and preserve its future through the repopulation of extinct animals," Colossal chief executive and co-founder Ben Lamm, an emerging technology entrepreneur, said in a statement.Numbers dwindled to around 150 in just one area near Hamilton, until conservation groups and government agencies set up the eastern barred bandicoot recovery team in 1988.READ MORE: Modelling by Digital Finance Analytics (DFA) exclusively for 9News shows one in 11 mortgage holders in Dover Heights is at risk of defaulting.Zoos Victoria threatened species biologist Amy Coetsee said decades of efforts had allowed the bandicoot to be reclassified, which she said was a first for an Australian species that was considered extinct in the wild." Colossal says restoring the ancient beasts has the potential to revitalise the Arctic grasslands."Eastern barred bandicoots actually make our job easy so they've got some traits that make them easy to re-introduce," Dr Coetsee said.READ MORE: A new biosciences and genetics company, Colossal, has raised A$20 million to bring back the woolly mammoth from extinction.

"They breed quickly — they have a 12-and-a-half day pregnancy so they can have up to five litters a year — and they're also really adaptable to different habitat conditions and when we release them, we don't have to do any supplementary feeding, they will eat anything and everything they come across.The animals died out about 4,000 years ago."People are in financial stress at the moment and many of those people are going to struggle over the next few months." Eastern barred bandicoots are no longer extinct in the wild.( Supplied: Werribee Open Range Zoo ) The bandicoots were re-introduced at four fenced-in sites near Melbourne and south-west Victoria, including near Skipton and Dunkeld, where populations were protected by maremmas under Zoos Victoria's Guardian Dogs program.Colossal says it aims to insert DNA sequences of woolly mammoths, collected from well-preserved remains in the permafrost and frozen steppes, into the genome of Asian elephants, to create an "elephant-mammoth hybrid".But Dr Coetsee said the greatest success came when bandicoots that had been bred in captivity were released into fox-free reserves on Phillip, Churchill and French islands.Many have refinanced to cheaper mortgages, contributing to record high refinancing levels."We know that they can establish populations in the presence of feral cats," she said.6 per cent similar DNA makeup, Colossal says on its website."Our goal is to have our first calves in the next four to six years," said tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm, who with Prof Church has cofounded Colossal, a bioscience and genetics company to back the project.

"But they can't establish or sustain populations, in areas where there's even just one fox.Foxes won't just kill for food."Technologies discovered in pursuit of this grand vision – a living, walking proxy of a woolly mammoth – could create very significant opportunities in conservation and beyond," Mr Church said in the statement.(Nine) A total of $17.They will just kill because they can catch the animal." It is estimated there are now around 1,500 eastern barred bandicoots in the wild.Colossal says restoring the beasts has the potential to revitalise the Arctic grasslands, a vast region with properties to combat major climate change, such as carbon sequestering and methane suppression.The Environment Minister, Lily D'Ambrosio, has paid tribute to all those involved in the effort.It's a combination of very large owner-occupier mortgages with stress coming from investment properties where they can't lease them or get the rents they used to while incomes are under substantial pressure..

"It is a wonderful story, it is an important story, it points not just to government investments but that fantastic strong collaboration of scientists, researchers, communities and volunteers that have come together to get this fantastic outcome," she said.AFP."Community volunteers have played a big role at many of the reintroduction sites, helping check fences, count bandicoots and remove weeds and pests." Eastern barred bandicoots are being relocated from sanctuaries to Phillip Island.People who've bought in those areas have paid top dollar with banks willing to lend big.( Supplied: Phillip Island Nature Parks ) The changed status enables Zoos Victoria to end its 30-year captive breeding program.Dr Coetsee said it felt great to no longer be needed.His work creating pigs whose organs are compatible with the human body means a kidney for a patient in desperate need of a transplant might one day come from a swine.

"We've got established populations at four fenced sites and three island sites," she said.45 per cent in Hoxton Park and 1."We're confident that this species is not going extinct." And she said it was not just the species that had benefited from three decades of work."We call them ecosystem engineers.He warned things could get a lot worse.They're digging for foods, so worms and beetle grubs," Dr Coetsee said.The scientists believe they will need to simultaneously program "upward of 50 changes" to the genetic code of the Asian elephant to give it the traits necessary to survive and thrive in the Arctic.

"In one night in winter when the soils are moist and easy to dig, they can turn over 13 kilos of soil."That's improving soil health so they're really important to have in the ecosystem."There's some anxiety going on, not just personally but I can feel it when I talk to other people, when I talk to my family and friends," Mr Zaki said." Posted.

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