These quirky little birds are facing rapid decline after a particularly tough couple of years with fire and drought destroying their habitat.  The evolutionary distinctiveness of the Plains Wanderer have earned it a ranking of fourth species in the world that we could afford to lose.

Thankfully in 2022, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Taronga Zoo, and Zoos Victoria, were able to assist the Department of Planning and the Environment in a captive breeding program where Plains Wanderers were collected from private properties, bred to strengthen the population numbers and released back into the wild.  The program is currently showing some encouraging results from surveying the current population.

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