Mission to save wildlife with new 800ha ‘safe haven’ at Telopea Downs

Mission to save wildlife with new 800ha ‘safe haven’ at Telopea Downs

November 2021

We are proud to announce we’re expanding our mission to save some of Australia’s most endangered wildlife species with the purchase of our latest property - an 800-hectare parcel of private mallee woodland at Telopea Downs in Victoria’s west.

Perfectly located alongside the Big Desert National Park, we’ve secured the ecologically diverse environment to create a “safe haven” for a range of native animals including the diminutive Mallee Emu-Wren and the iconic Malleefowl.

The region is one of the few locations in Victoria where the once prolific Emu-Wren - which Zoos Victoria recently added to its Fighting Extinction species list – is now found.

Spinifex and shrubs grow in mallee woodland at Telopea Downs

At the forefront of a new private enterprise approach to conservation

The directors of Carbon Landscapes, Dr Steven Enticott and Chris Pitfield, believe that private enterprise is ideally placed to help safeguard Australian wildlife due to its ability to develop new and innovative business approaches.  

With access to more than 60 rural properties across Victoria, we’re leading the way with a suite of projects as a natural complement to our core business of financing conservation outcomes.

We’re future-proofing a broad array of native animals against the impacts of climate change by ensuring their habitats are managed to ensure the best possible conditions.

It’s why we will be working with some of the country’s foremost scientific experts over the next 12 months to explore how to remove introduced predator species at Telopea Downs, manage the habitat for native species and re-establish their populations.

Telopea Downs was selected in part due to its location alongside the Big Desert National Park, the oldest of Victoria’s three wilderness parks.

When numbers of our various wildlife species begin to build up again, the aim will be to release some of them into protected areas, such as the Park.        

Mallee woodland at Telopea Downs

Help you can help save a tiny songbird

Despite its name suggesting otherwise, the Mallee Emu-Wren (Stipiturus mallee) is only a small bird, weighing just four grams.

Foraging for insects amongst the spinifex, it spends most of its time in dense ground cover.

A weak flyer, it is particularly vulnerable to bushfires as well as land clearing. Both have contributed to its demise – with Zoos Victoria now categorising it as endangered.

It’s feared that another fire could move the species even closer towards extinction, as it has already disappeared from large parts of its former range in Victoria.

We will be working hard however to ensure this little creature will be around for many more generations of Australians to cherish.  

To help protect the Mallee Emu-Wren and play your part in bringing back biodiversity, become a Carbon Landscapes member. You can contact us on 1300 242 829, via email or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/carbonlandscapes

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VIC 3204 Australia

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