Recovering the Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Victoria Nature Festival

How Eastern Barred Bandicoots found in a rubbish tip are making a remarkable recovery.

Image of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot

From rusted cars to recovery.

The last remaining Eastern Barred Bandicoots in the wild on mainland Australia were found living in rusted cars in the Hamilton rubbish tip in southwest Victoria in the late 1990s.  

Their recovery, including a predator-proof open space enclosure in the town of Hamilton, all began with passionate people. 

The volunteer members of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery group, together with the Glenelg Hopkins CMA, with funding through the Victorian and Australian Government, continue to ensure this species’ recovery continues. 

See why the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is so special and why it just can’t seem to get the upper hand on introduced predators. 

View the series of short videos – there are 10 in total – of how the Bandicoot went from a tip to recovery. 

Learn how the Bandicoot went from a tip to recovery