Idnya Reintroduction Project
Reintroduced populations of Idnya (Western Quolls) continue to be protected along the corridors between the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and the Vulathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park.
The project is an investment in futureproofing populations as they flourish and spread beyond the national parks, by targeting the feral threats to the Idnya and their habitat. This supports the long-term prospects of their sustained and broadened presence, particularly between the two parks. It follows five years of the Bounceback and Beyond project, and 30 years of the Bounceback Program, and supports land managers to recognise and target the threats and support the retention of critical habitat.
The one year project will run until 30 June 2024 and builds on the successes of the past projects, targeting pests to protect the Idnya and Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, as well as two threatened flora species – the Slender Bellfruit and Xerothamnella parvifolia.
Potential dispersal corridors for the Idnya on private properties will be identified and prioritised as part of this targeted project.
Planned threat abatement activities include goat control, rabbit warren ripping and fox control, with the aim to reduce impacts to Idnya, such as predation, competition or changes in habitat structure. These activities will not only benefit Idnya but many other threatened flora and fauna species in the region.
The Idnya populations will continue to be monitored by cameras along the expected dispersal corridors, both before and after management measures have been implemented. Cameras will be strategically placed around the dispersal corridors to monitor not only the presence and movement of Idnya, but other native species of interest such as Brush-tailed possums and Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies, as well as feral goats, foxes and cats.
In collaboration with First Nations and National Parks and Wildlife SA, Idnya trapping events will be conducted throughout this project to monitor trends for this species both on and off park and will consider health, breeding success and dispersal.
The Idnya Reintroduction Project is funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.
Senior Community Ecologist