The Australian wildlife conservation agency, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, has finished building what is believed to be the largest electric fence in the world. The reason ?: to keep wild cats at bay that are out of control and seriously threaten the lives of native mammals.
Wild cats were introduced to Australia by immigrants in the 18th century as domestic animals. It is estimated that there are between 10 and 20 million of these animals in the country.
Australia has the highest extinction rate in the world, so the efforts to build this 44-kilometer electric fence are justified.
The protected area is in the north of the country, near the town of Alice Springs and covers 9,400 hectares. The agency estimates that the Newhaven sanctuary will more than double the population of animals like the mala. He also plans to increase the size of the shelter to 100,000 hectares and is raising funds to build the next part of the fence. The first stage cost around A $ 5 million (£ 2.8m, $ 3.7m), with the federal government contributing around 20% of the cost.
Repopulation of mammals
Starting in 2019, up to 10 critically endangered species will be reintroduced. These include the black-footed wallaby, golden bandicoot, western quoll, numbat, mala, macrotis, and coligorda rat. "For the first time, a vast landscape in central Australia will once again be home to a diversity and abundance of mammals similar to that which existed before the arrival of European settlers," said the AWC. The efforts are part of a national AWC "rebuild" campaign to repopulate sanctuaries across the country with endangered animals.
Meanwhile, wild cats and other animals were being removed from this animal sanctuary, one of the largest in the country.
It should be noted that wild cats are not the only threat to Australia's endangered animals, they also affect foxes and rabbits, climate change and the destruction of their natural environment, so conservation measures must continue.
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