A small group of hushed onlookers witnessed an historic event on Dirk Hartog Island on 29 August 2017 – the first release of native animals onto the island by the Return to 1616 project.

Twenty-four hare-wallabies were translocated from Bernier and Dorre Islands Nature Reserve to Dirk Hartog Island National Park. After taking a moment to get their bearings, the wallabies slowly ventured into their new surroundings, some snacking on the now lush vegetation along the way.

Read more in the 2018 Summer Wirruwana News , the first biannual update from from Dirk Hartog Island.

Banded hare-wallaby

DBCA officer Keith Morris releases banded hare-wallabies onto Dirk Hartog Island