Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre -Woylie Breeding Program
Kanyana’s current efforts to breed woylies have been focused on the Tutanning provenance which at one stage was represented by only five adults. Now there are twelve. Kanyana volunteers developed new techniques for housing, husbandry and enrichment of this critically endangered species.
Kanyana‘s breeding program limits human contact to ensure the animals retain the survival instincts required of them in anticipation of their release. Significant time and effort goes into ‘enrichment’ of the Woylie enclosures. All enclosures are created to incorporate native flora and fauna. The woylies are provided with native nesting materials which ensures they learn to build their nests as in the wild. The offspring are raised by their parents and taught to build nests and forage. Food and treats are hidden so that they will learn to burrow for food. Once independence is reached, they are caught, tagged and released into Perup Sanctuary near Manjimup which comprises 420 hectares of forest surrounded by predator-proof fencing. At last count 400 Woylies are now part of that insurance colony.