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Rewilding for resilience

Threats to Australia’s biodiversity have defied traditional management: invasive predators and overabundant herbivores (native and introduced) continue to degrade remaining habitats and push populations of native species closer to regional extinction. These extinctions have significant impacts on ecosystem health and the services it provides to the community including clean water, fresh air, crop and plant pollination, seed dispersal, soil health and pest control, but also resonate across broader society to impact human health and well being. The loss of native, highly interactive wildlife species such as dingos, devils, quolls, bandicoots, bettongs, potoroos, bilbies, goannas, birds of prey and native bees, combined with the introduction of invasive feral and overabundant species like foxes, cats, rabbits, cane toads, rodents, weeds, macropods, corellas, possums and insect pests has resulted in both ecosystem dysfunction and annual land management costs measured in 100’s of millions of dollars.  

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