Alkimos menagerie on the move

almost 1000 animals relocated
almost 1000 animals relocated

The inhabitants, mostly small reptiles and frogs, were captured and rehomed in a fauna relocation program at LWP Property Group’s estate, Trinity at Alkimos.

Terrestrial Ecosystems consultant Graham Thompson oversaw the project, during which 275 bucket pit traps and 550 funnel traps were installed along a shadecloth drift fence.

Dr Thompson, a zoologist, said the Neerabup habitat was ideal for fauna translocation.

‘All animals were released into habitat very similar to that in which they were caught, so there is a very good chance that most would survive,’ he said.

‘There might be some readjustment required as many reptiles and mammals live in established home ranges and they have been shifted into an area that is new to them.

‘We spread them out in the national park so as to not concentrate animals in a small area.’

Dr Thompson said they had two unusual captures, a southern brown bandicoot and a fox.

‘Foxes are relatively abundant in the general area, but are seldom caught in the cage traps,’ he said.

‘The southern brown bandicoot was a surprise as the habitat is not typical for bandicoots.’

At the Department of Environment and Conservation’s request, the bandicoot was released in bushland near Lake Joondalup.