Protecting the endangered Eastern bristlebird
In Victoria, the bushfires threatened the habitat of the endangered ground-dwelling and semi-flightless Eastern bristlebird. There are thought to be fewer than 180 of the birds living in an area near the town of Mallacoota. Seven have been returned to the area after being transported to Melbourne Zoo during the bushfires.
Katherine Selwood, PhD, Zoos Victoria’s senior threatened species biologist, explained the significance of this work in a Melbourne Zoo release. “It is such a relief. It’s been a huge couple of months," she said.
"It’s been really valuable in terms of learning about the species. We’ve dealt with challenges not previously encountered in the species, which has significantly progressed knowledge on their captive care and conservation. This included transporting them from the furthest point in Victoria that you can get from Melbourne Zoo, a long journey for a semi-flightless bird!”