The goal to bring native biodiversity back to Booderee National Park has received a boost with two threatened species reintroduced to the park, making it their home.
Parks Australia, has led a project to reintroduce eastern quolls and southern brown bandicoots to an area where they'd been absent for decades.
The reintroductions are collaborations between the traditional owners of the park - the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council, government and non-government agencies and research institutions.
Recently a young adult southern brown bandicoot was discovered while eastern quolls have also reappeared.
Both threatened species were reintroduced to Booderee National Park in the past few years following almost 15 years of continued intensive fox control management.
Seeing these animals remain in the park, making Booderee their home is an important step toward the restoration of Booderee's ecosystem and is a tremendous result and follows years of planning, hard work and dedication.
Southern brown bandicoots were reintroduced to Booderee in 2016, 2017 and 2018 having been absent from the region since 1919.
A recently discovered young male bandicoot was the first caught since February last year.
He didn't have a microchip so park managers know that he was born in Booderee, exactly what park managers hoped to see a few years after the species was reintroduced.
Meanwhile, the detection of a female eastern quoll, Indie, released in 2019 but not seen for six months, is more good news.
Eastern quolls were reintroduced to the wild at Booderee in 2017 and 2018 after not being seen alive on the mainland for half a century.
In a planned operation, rangers trapped another quoll, Bruce, and relocated him to an area where females are known to be present.
It is hoped moving Bruce will encourage breeding this year, helping Booderee continue to build toward a stable long-term population of eastern quolls.
Parks Australia staff at Booderee National Park are also continuing fox control work to protect these native mammals.