Conservation

Kyabram Fauna Park has been actively involved in conservation programs with Australian and international partners since 1979 with a focus on threatened and vulnerable species.  We have been involved in breeding and captive management programs for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Koalas, Brolga, Pied Geese, Cape Barren Geese, Alpine Dingo, Bush Stone-curlew and Tasmanian Devil.

The Park was established in 1976 on 55 hectares of degraded, flood prone land.  Park staff and volunteers have planted more than 7000 native trees and plants to create a range of habitats.  These habitats provide food and shelter for free-ranging wildlife and has encouraged the return of 35 species of birds.  We have been working to remove non-indigenous plants, trees and noxious weeds.

Staff and volunteers have completed extensive work on the wetlands at the Park and today the ponds hold Kyabram’s runoff rainwater.  More than 105 species of wildlife have been recorded at the wetlands.  Many waterfowl spend their spring and summer at the Park.

Some of the highlights of the Park’s conservation work in the past four decades include:

  • First wildlife park in Victoria to breed Brolgas as part of a captive management program
  • Successfully breeding koalas and supplying koalas to other institutions participating in the International Management Program
  • Only non-government institution to breed Eastern Barred Bandicoot in Victoria
  • Development of water recycling program that utilises Kyabram's storm water run-off, saving the Park 250,000 litres of drinking water per year
  • Establishing and improving the Park wetlands to form part of Kyabram's storm water catchment system. Water is held in our lakes system where it is filtered, held for 72 hours then released into the Goulburn/Murray river systems
  • Eradication of European Carp from the smaller pondages
  • Planting more than 7000 native trees, grasses and shrubs in the Park
  • Design and construction of the first energy efficient, solar heater reptile house in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Established the Region's first environmental education service including being the first regional wildlife park to obtain funding from the Department of Education
  • Developed and implemented a land management policy to arrest the decline of indigenous eucalypts (only 14 mature trees remained in a 36 hectare are of the Park)
  • Developed control programs to stop and reverse high table and associated salinity problems in the Park
  • Responded to thousands of enquiries from the general public about land management, tree selection, salinity, wildlife management and other environmental issues