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The Rothwell Wildlife Preservation Trust

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The Rothwell Wildlife Preservation Trust

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Sydney NSW, Australia

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The Mount Rothwell Conservation and Research Centre (Mt Rothwell) is a privately owned 420 ha property located in largely remnant habitat some 45km west of Melbourne. Considerable investment has been made in infrastructure on the property including the construction of a predator proof fence which encompasses the entire property. This has allowed the re-introduction and subsequent establishment of free-living populations of some of Victoria’s most endangered mammal species.


Mt Rothwell was established for the management of high conservation value species breeding and research programs. The centre has a focus on Victorian species with a particular emphasis on species indigenous to the basalt plains grasslands habitats and woodlands. Management and research is conducted in partnership and consultation with a number of government wildlife agencies and research organisations including the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Zoos Victoria, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Southern Brush Tail Rock Wallaby Recovery Teams, Monash and the University of Melbourne.


Mt Rothwell is the largest predator free ecosystem in Victoria. The property is exclusively managed for the conservation of some of Australia’s most threatened faunal species, including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (EBB), Brush tailed Rock Wallaby and Eastern Quoll. Breeding success at Mt Rothwell has been spectacular with some of the species surviving on the property forming the largest population of free ranging specimens at both a state and national level.




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