AACE is selling postcards to raise funds for Project Kial
The critically endangered bridled nailtail wallaby has a champion - Australian Animals Care and Education's (AACE) Project Kial is hoping to create a significant rise in the population of these rare marsupials, which are only found in a few restricted reserves in Central Queensland.
In 2003 AACE established Project Kial: A Bridled Nailtail Wallaby Recovery Project to help recover this critically endangered wallaby.
In partnership with government agencies, community groups, landowners and local businesses, AACE's aim is to recover this species through a captive breeding program and release the offspring onto private properties that contain the right habitat and control feral animals and weeds are controlled. Project Kial is awaiting the go-ahead from Queensland EPA to commence the breeding program.
Under the auspices of the EPA, AACE's Project Kial volunteers are currently caring for more than 60 bridled nailtail wallabies rescued from a mine in central Queensland in 2004.
Project Kial's aims
One of the primary aims of Project Kial is to show that endangered species programs can be successfully run in conjunction with, or independent of, government organisations.
AACE envisions paving the way for other community groups around the country to take on endangered species breeding programs and demonstrate how saving an animal from extinction can be accomplished as a potentially self-sustaining community project.
Over the past three years, AACE's Project Kial has formed partnerships with local community groups, universities, businesses, government organisations, national and international volunteer groups and Aboriginal elders to ensure the survival of the almost extinct Bridled Nailtail Wallaby.
AACE is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of all injured, ill or orphaned native Australian fauna. AACE serves an area from Mackay in the north, Monto in the south and Moranbah in the west.
How you can help
Project Kial is fundraising through sales of t-shirts and postcards (see image) and appealing for donations.
Visit AACE's website for further information on how you can help the recovery of the bridled nailtail wallaby.
For more information about the poultry shed grant scheme and other activities, contact Wildlife Queensland by email or call +61 7 3221 0194.