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In partnership with the South Australian Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH), FAME provided support for the recovery of the endangered Spiny Daisy (Acanthocladium dockeri).

Feral cats – ferocious and large versions of the domestic variety – pose an ongoing and severe threat to the quoll and possum populations in the Flinders Ranges. Ideally, these predators must be eliminated.

What do you do when wildlife conservation groups like FAME try so hard to reintroduce Australia’s rare and endangered fauna and then you find feral cats, often as few as only one or two individuals, start killing and eating your valuable animals?

It is my melancholy duty on behalf of FAME to say farewell to Chery Hill, the Company’s much loved and respected CEO, who retired 30 June 2016 after over 25 years as the CEO of FAME, and before that Earth Sanctuaries Foundation (which became FAME).

Next January, we will release our new Strategic Plan - 2017-2020 Strategic Plan: Roadmap to the Future. This Plan provides us with a strong direction for the future to consolidate, strengthen and expand the organisation whilst cementing FAME as a leader in Australian Wildlife Conservation.

It has to be said: reintroducing quolls – or to give them their Aboriginal name, Idnyas – back into the Flinders Ranges is a bitter/sweet affair. Bitter because not everything goes smoothly and feral cats play havoc with out best intentions; sweet because, despite everything, the project is beginning to work.

Welcome to the ninth edition of e-News, a regular update on the trial reintroduction of the western quoll and brushtail possum to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Idnya is the Adnyamathanha name for the western quoll whilst Virlda is the name for brushtail possum.

New Holland mice were released into Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary in October 2013 and April 2014 as part of a project sponsored by FAME, the New South Wales Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and the ACT Woodlands and Wetlands Trust.

The Virlda continue to do well in the Flinders Ranges with some females now carrying their third pouch young. All collars have now been removed from adult male possums, however, monitoring of the females and their young will continue to determine recruitment rates and habitat use.

Since 1993 FAME and our loyal supporters have helped bring more than 20 unique Australian species back from the brink. Wherever possible we support protected areas where native species can live naturally in their natural environment, safe from the combined threats of habitat destruction and introduced predators and competitors.