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Success Stories

With the help of other organisations and people just like you, FAME have been saving endangered Australian wildlife and habitats from extinction since 1993.

Below is a summary of some of our success stories - we encourage you to read them, they're yours too!

We sincerely thank all our loyal supporters. The following achievements would not have been possible without you!

Many of FAME's achievements are made possible through partnerships. Together with our donors and partner organisations we have erected hundreds of kilometers of feral proof fencing, destroyed vast numbers of feral weeds and planted thousands of native plants. Our combined efforts have helped some of Australia's most endangered species to survive and thrive.

Further to the success stories below, you can learn more about FAME's mission here.

Keeping endangered wildlife safe at Wadderin

2010 - 2014Keeping endangered wildlife safe at Wadderin

FAME helped the local community bring back endangered wildlife (including the Red-tailed Phascogale and the Woylie) to the central wheat belt of Western Australia at Wadderin Sanctuary.

Mountain Pygmy Possum

2012Mountain Pygmy Possum

Only a few hundred Mountain Pygmy Possums remain in just 3 isolated populations. FAME supported a groundbreaking project aimed at increasing the viability of Mountain Pygmy Possum population at Mt Buller by introducing greater genetic diversity through cross breeding with Possums from a separate population. Within the first year a 50% increase in the Mt Buller population was observed. The excellent result from this project has provided the necessary evidence that will allow this strategy to be used save other endangered species.

Protecting Bridled Nailtail Wallabies in Queensland

2012Protecting Bridled Nailtail Wallabies in Queensland

FAME provided support to Bridled Nailtail Recovery program in Queensland. Only three wild populations of Bridled Nailtail Wallaby totaling about 300 individuals remain in Queensland. Funding provided by FAME helped to secure Bridled Nailtail Wallabies at Avocet Nature Reserve from feral predators and to engage the local community in conservation efforts. Previously FAME helped establish a population of Bridled Nailtail Wallabies at Scotia Sanctuary in NSW. This is now the largest population of Bridled Nailtail Wallabies in Australia.

Saving the critically endangered Yarra Pygmy Perch

2010 - 2012Saving the critically endangered Yarra Pygmy Perch

In partnership with Kingston Community School, Millicent High School, the local NRM Board and Kimberley Clarke, FAME provided support for a breeding programme for the critically endangered Yarra Pygmy Perch. In 2009 five Yarra Pygmy Perch were rescued from drying pools in the wild. These fish formed the basis of a captive breeding program at Millicent High School. The program was so successful that it expanded to the Kingston Community School and fish are now being released back into the wild.

Saving Native Fish in South Australia

2011 - 2012Saving Native Fish in South Australia

The River Blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus) is endemic to South eastern Australia and was once widespread across the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges in SA. Now it is restricted to only four distinct subpopulations. After the drought period of 2006-2009 they were in a precarious position. FAME contributed funding to enable water in pools to be maintained and monitored over the critical dry period. Another population was also established helping to secure the future of this endangered species.

Mahogany Glider Recovery Project

2011Mahogany Glider Recovery Project

In the wake of Cyclone Yasi that devastated parts of far north Queensland in February 2011, FAME provided support to the emergency relief program for affected native species. The program was run by Wildlife Queensland in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Environment and Management and local residents. With less than 1500 individuals left in the wild, the endangered Mahogany Glider was the highest priority of the program. Feeding stations and nest boxes were established and maintained until the native vegetation had recovered sufficiently to support the wildlife.

Establishment of endangered Western Barred Bandicoots at Arid Recovery Reserve

2010Establishment of endangered Western Barred Bandicoots at Arid Recovery Reserve

Although previously widespread throughout the southern arid zone of Australia from NSW to WA, the Western Barred Bandicoot has been extinct on the mainland since 1929. FAME, in partnership with the Arid Recovery Foundation, supported the establishment of a population of endangered Western Barred Bandicoots at the Arid Recovery Reserve in South Australia. This project was very successful with Western Bandicoots now being found in high numbers in the reserve.

Southern Ark Project

2008 - 2010Southern Ark Project

FAME provided support to the Victorian Government's Southern Ark project. This inspiring project aimed at reducing the numbers of red fox in far eastern Gippsland, thus supporting populations of a range of endangered mammals including the Tiger Quoll, Long Nosed Potoroo and Southern Brown Bandicoot. Since Southern Ark began there has been a significant reduction in fox numbers. Also evidence of the endangered Broad-toothed Rat has been found and endangered Long-footed Potoroos have been spotted with young near Cann River. This extends the known habitat of these creatures.

Investigating the role of the Dingo in maintaining native species

2009 - 2010Investigating the role of the Dingo in maintaining native species

FAME supported a project to investigate the role of the Dingo in the Australian landscape. Many wildlife authorities now believe that ecosystems function more effectively if a major predator is present. The project produced evidence that when dingos are present the numbers and impact of feral predators are reduced, and vulnerable wildlife are more likely to survive.

Saving the Spiny Daisy

2008 - 2010Saving the Spiny Daisy

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). This is one of the world’s rarest plants, with only five populations known to exist. The Spiny Daisy was presumed extinct until 1999, when a small remnant population was discovered in the Southern Flinders Ranges of SA. FAME supported work to increase the area occupied by existing plants, and establish the plant at several new locations.

Protecting the endangered Mallefowl at Nanya Station

2008 - 2010Protecting the endangered Mallefowl at Nanya Station

FAME, in partnership with the Centre of Environmental Management from the University of Ballarat, funded a project to protect a population of the endangered Malleefowl at Nanya Station in southwestern NSW. The project surveyed and monitored existing Malleefowl nests to increase understanding of the habitat needs of this bird, and promote survival and breeding by reducing predator pressure (foxes and cats) on the Station.

Emergency Support for Leadbeater’s Possum

2009Emergency Support for Leadbeater’s Possum

In partnership with the local community, FAME provided funding for a project to survey the effects of a devastating local fire on remnant populations of the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum, and restore nest boxes that had been destroyed by fire.

Saving native Australian Rodents

2006 - 2008Saving native Australian Rodents

FAME funded a breeding and research project at Waratah Park Sanctuary for endangered Australian rodents. The facility was transferred to Bungendore, ACT, in 2007 and native rodent research and captive breeding continues there to this day.

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat Recovery Project

2007 - 2008Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat Recovery Project

FAME provided support for the Recovery Project of the critically endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat. The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is the most endangered large mammal in the world, and Australia’s second most endangered mammal. This project increased the chances of survival of the species, and enabled the establishment of a second colony at the Richard Underwood Nature Reserve, which recorded two births in 2011.

Establishing a protected breeding area for Gilbert’s Potoroo

2005 - 2007Establishing a protected breeding area for Gilbert’s Potoroo

FAME supported the establishment of a protected breeding area for Australia’s most endangered mammal, Gilbert’s Potoroo, near Albany in Western Australia. This was part of the Gilbert’s Potoroo Recovery Project, which is working to increase the number of Potoroos in the wild as well the number of places in which it occurs.

Caring for Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps

2006 - 2007Caring for Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps

FAME provided funding to protect the critically endangered Southern Mt Lofty Ranges Emu Wren and its critically endangered habitat, the swamps of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. This project has been assessed by the federal Department of Environment as the most successful species recovery project in Australia. The project is ongoing.

Helping the endangered Broad-shelled Tortoise

2005 - 2007Helping the endangered Broad-shelled Tortoise

FAME funded a three-year research project on the endangered Broad-shelled Tortoise.

Supporting environmental education at Warrawong Sanctuary

2003 - 2007Supporting environmental education at Warrawong Sanctuary

FAME supported the environmental education programme at Warrawong Sanctuary in South Australia.

Saving native orchids

2005 - 2007Saving native orchids

FAME funded a research project into the effects of habitat fragmentation on native orchids.

Protecting endangered species at Hanson Bay Sanctuary

2006Protecting endangered species at Hanson Bay Sanctuary

FAME providing funding for equipment to enable monitoring of endangered species such as the Kangaroo Island Dunnart and Southern Brown Bandicoot at Hanson Bay Sanctuary on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and tools to assist in ongoing revegetation of the area.

Environmental Education Centre at Gluepot Sanctuary

2005Environmental Education Centre at Gluepot Sanctuary

FAME funded equipment for an environmental education centre at Birds Australia’s Gluepot Sanctuary in South Australia.

Investigation of impact of fire on Spotted-tailed Tiger Quoll

2005Investigation of impact of fire on Spotted-tailed Tiger Quoll

FAME funded an investigation into the effect of wildfires on the endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll in Victoria as part of the Recovery Plan action to minimise and clarify impact of fire on quoll populations.

Re-introducing Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies to Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

2004Re-introducing Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies to Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

FAME established a colony of endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary in Victoria.

Restoring threatened flora at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

2004Restoring threatened flora at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

FAME funded a project for further restoration of threatened basalt flora at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary in Victoria.

Protecting the Platypus

2004Protecting the Platypus

FAME funded the construction of a system of platypus ponds at Warrawong Sanctuary in South Australia.

Protecting White Box Woodland

2004Protecting White Box Woodland

FAME funded a volunteer project with Bush Heritage Fund to protect remnant White Box Woodland habitat at Tarcutta Hills Reserve in New South Wales.

Restoring habitat at Waratah Park Nature Reserve

2004Restoring habitat at Waratah Park Nature Reserve

FAME funded habitat restoration at Waratah Park Nature Reserve in NSW.

Keeping endangered wildlife safe at Hanson Bay Sanctuary

2003Keeping endangered wildlife safe at Hanson Bay Sanctuary

FAME funded the erection of feral proof fencing at Hanson Bay Sanctuary on Kangaroo Island, South Australia to protect a range of native wildlife, including endangered species.

Re-establishing the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

2003Re-establishing the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

FAME funded the establishment of a colony of endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots at Mt Rothwell in Victoria.

Protecting endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies

2003Protecting endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies

FAME funded the rescue of endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies from Kawau Island, New Zealand.

Investigating the effect of toxoplasmosis disease on native mammals

2001 - 2002Investigating the effect of toxoplasmosis disease on native mammals

FAME funded research into the effects of toxoplasmosis (a disease of cats) on native mammals.

Protecting the critically endangered Black-eared Miner

2002Protecting the critically endangered Black-eared Miner

FAME funded a survey of the critically endangered Black-eared Miner (one of Australia’s most endangered birds) at Scotia Sanctuary in NSW.

Re-establishing the endangered Eastern Quoll at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

2002Re-establishing the endangered Eastern Quoll at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

FAME established a colony of endangered Eastern Quoll (previously extinct in Victoria) at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary.

Enabling environmental education at Warrawong Sanctuary

2001Enabling environmental education at Warrawong Sanctuary

FAME established an educational fresh-water observatory at Warrawong Sanctuary in South Australia.

Re-establishing the endangered Mala at Scotia Sanctuary

2001Re-establishing the endangered Mala at Scotia Sanctuary

FAME established a colony of critically endangered Mainland Mala (previously extinct in New South Wales) at Scotia Sanctuary in NSW.

Restoring threatened flora at Mt Rothwell

2001Restoring threatened flora at Mt Rothwell

FAME established a programme to restore threatened basalt grassland habitat at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary in Victoria.

Keeping endangered wildlife safe at Scotia Sanctuary

1999 - 2000Keeping endangered wildlife safe at Scotia Sanctuary

FAME funded the erection of approximately 75km of feral proof fencing at Scotia Sanctuary in NSW to protect endangered mammals.

Protecting the endangered Mallefowl at Yookamurra Sanctuary

2000Protecting the endangered Mallefowl at Yookamurra Sanctuary

FAME established a protected Malleefowl breeding area at Yookamurra Sanctuary in South Australia.

Saving the Platypus

1996 - 1999Saving the Platypus

FAME funded research into a fungal disease of Platypus in Tasmania.

Re-introducing the endangered Numbat to NSW.

1999Re-introducing the endangered Numbat to NSW.

FAME established a colony of endangered Numbats (previously extinct in New South Wales) at Scotia Sanctuary.

Protecting the endangered Malleefowl at Little Desert Lodge

1999Protecting the endangered Malleefowl at Little Desert Lodge

FAME supported a protected breeding area for Malleefowl at Little Desert Lodge in Victoria.

Re-introducing the endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallaby to NSW

1998Re-introducing the endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallaby to NSW

FAME established a colony of critically endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallabies (previously extinct in New South Wales) at Scotia Sanctuary.

Protecting the endangered Bush Stone Curlew

1997Protecting the endangered Bush Stone Curlew

FAME funded a protected area for the endangered Bush Stone Curlew in south-eastern South Australia.

Re-introducing the endangered Burrowing Bettong to SA

1995Re-introducing the endangered Burrowing Bettong to SA

FAME established a colony of endangered Boodies (Burrowing Bettongs - previously extinct in South Australia) at Yookamurra Sanctuary.

Protecting endangered arid-zone wildlife

1994Protecting endangered arid-zone wildlife

FAME funded surveys and research projects on endangered arid-zone species in West Australia.

Re-introducing the endangered Numbat to SA

1993Re-introducing the endangered Numbat to SA

FAME established a colony of endangered Numbats (previously extinct in South Australia) at Yookamurra Sanctuary.

FAME established

1993FAME established

(as Earth Sanctuaries Foundation)

Protecting endangered grassland mammals at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

2015 - Protecting endangered grassland mammals at Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

Less than 1% of Australia's native grasslands are left. They are one of the most threatened Australian habitats.