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The Tammar Wallaby Reintroduced in Australia

The Tammar Wallaby, extinct in Australia, has been reintroduced. I think this is neat:

ALMOST a century after being declared extinct in Australia, the tammar wallaby has been given a second chance of survival.

Twenty of the small rare wallabies, preserved on an island in New Zealand, were today reintroduced into South Australia's Innes National Park, at the tip of the Yorke Peninsula.

The species, once widespread in SA was wiped out in the early 1900s by foxes, hunters and land clearing.

Now, former SA Governor Sir George Grey has been heralded with saving the tiny wallaby by shipping a small number of the marsupials to New Zealand's Kawau Island in 1870.

Sir George took the wallabies to be part of his private collection but their numbers quickly swelled and became regarded as pests, digging and grazing in foliage and destroying native vegetation.

Twenty of the wallabies were brought to Australia last year and spent six months in quarantine before today's release into their homeland.

SA Environment and Conservation Minister John Hill said the reintroduction of the tammars was one of the most significant environmental events of the decade.

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