Wildlife experts find hope amongst the ashes on Kangaroo Island
Signs that rare bird and marsupial colonies are surviving the aftermath of horrific bushfires are emerging with the help of sensor cameras, water pumps and specialist ecologists.
Sightings of tiny dunnarts, found via motion-sensing cameras, are particularly heartening after fears habitat destruction would decimate the threatened nocturnal marsupials already only numbering between 300 and 500.
Fires burned about 200,000 hectares of land, almost half the island, and especially the protected areas in which dunnarts are found.
South Australia’s chief ecologist at the Department for Environment and Water Dr Dan Rogers said specialist advice from some of the world’s leading experts in the rare species was helping.