Updated translocation policy

Translocation is increasingly being used in conservation to improve the outlook of threatened plants and animals.

Bellinger River snapping turtle (Myuchelys georgesi) hatchling

It is often supported by captive breeding or plant propagation programs to increase the number of individuals available for translocation.

In Saving our Species (SoS), we have identified over 150 species where translocation, captive breeding or plant propagation will be important. For example:

  • we have a smoky mouse captive breeding program to build up numbers for release into the wild
  • our Bellinger River snapping turtle conservation project includes a captive breeding program managed by Taronga Zoo that will contribute animals for reintroduction by SoS into the Bellinger River
  • we work with the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan to maintain a Wollemi pine collection, which has been used for translocation in the Blue Mountains.

SoS is also working with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and the University of New South Wales to reintroduce 13 animal species into New South Wales. The animals will be collected from across Australia and released into fenced reserves following the removal of invasive predators (foxes and cats). In late 2018, the AWC released 30 bilbies into Pilliga State Conservation Area as part of this project.

Because translocations are complex and often difficult, we have a policy that guides planning, assessment and implementation of translocations. It addresses the following issues:

  • plant translocations
  • animal translocations
  • establishing ex situ threatened plant populations
  • captive breeding of animals
  • climate change
  • translocation of organisms threatened by development
  • translocation of non-threatened animals.

If you are going to undertake a translocation, we recommend that you read the translocation operational policy before you begin planning.

You can also visit our website to learn more about licences, including how to apply.