Booderee is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful flora and fauna.
Indigenous and non-indigenous rangers, natural resource managers and scientists have worked hard for decades to maintain and increase the biological diversity of the national park.
Intensive feral animal and weed control over many decades is paving the way for the reintroduction of many species that were once locally extinct to the area.
By constantly monitoring the health of the park’s ecosystem, and through the establishment of strong research partnerships with universities, conservation groups and zoos, along with government and non-government organisations, the park has worked hard to keep Booderee a vibrant and healthy home for all the plants, animals, birds and sea life that live there.
The Eastern Bristlebird, Booderee Botanic Gardens
Booderee is protecting threatened species such as the eastern bristlebird and Magenta lilly pilly, while securing the future of extremely rare Australian plants like the Banksia vincentia and reintroducing several native mammals to the park.
For more than a decade an intensive fox control program allowed threatened fauna to continue to exist in the park while also creating the opportunity for some Australian mammals to return.
In recent years three locally extinct species have been reintroduced to the park, the:
- southern brown bandicoot
- long-nosed potoroo
- eastern quoll.
These are ambitious projects that aim to restore the biodiversity of the park that existed before introduced species.
All of these projects have been done with significant partnerships.
Through another major partnership, Booderee Botanic Gardens is ensuring the Banksia vincentia is retained in Australia’s floral landscape.
Although only four Banksia vincentia are known to exist in the wild (2018), the future of the species is in good hands with Booderee leading efforts to propagate the species with other botanic gardens and conservation organisations.
Meanwhile the tiny eastern bristlebird, although endangered throughout Australia, has a healthy population in Booderee thanks to the ongoing fox control program at Booderee.
You’ll see the bristlebirds along coastal heath areas near the ruins of Cape St George Lighthouse. Please drive carefully around these areas as they often run across the roads.
Let’s keep Booderee wild
The powerful owl, Booderee National Park
Please don’t feed the animals. It can harm their digestion and make them reliant on humans for food.
Secure rubbish and food scraps in the nearest bin, and keep your food stores safe in your car or an esky.
Leave only footprints.