The wild animals that populate western Australia’s Meadowlarks are in the process of being released from their cages, after the state government and the federal government announced a plan to move away from the cages that they are used to.
The reintroduction of the wild animals will be a long process, and one that will take many years to achieve, said Western Meadowland Association director and conservationist Bob Jones.
“The reintroductions of some of the animals are taking longer than others, and so that’s why the plan is a long way off,” he said.
The plan to release the animals is a part of a wider plan announced in July, called the “Northern Gateway Project”, which will see the reintroduction and release of thousands of native and endangered animals.
It is a process that is not without its risks, however, and the release of the Meadowlands wild animals is just the beginning.
“I think the animals will go into the wild, but there are a number of other species that will also be reintroduced,” Jones said.
“There are some that we would like to see reintroduced, but the reintroductions will be years away.”
It’s an ongoing process.””
It will probably take at least a decade to get them in the wild,” he added.
The Northern Gateway Project has seen the reintroduce of up to a dozen wild animals, including the western meadowling, and will be followed by the release and release to the wild of the northern spotted owl, the southern spotted owl and the southern grey squirrel.”
They’re all different species,” Jones explained.”
Each one is different in their natural habitat.
The northern spotted is a bit more remote than the northern grey squirrel, but they’re still there.
The southern spotted is probably closer to a wild population.
“In general, the northern owl is a much more threatened species.”
Northern spotted owls are in a bit of a state of limbo right now, because the reintroduced populations are far more limited than the wild population,” Jones added.”
What we’re looking to do with the reintroduces is help them find a place where they can live and thrive.
“The MeadowLarks will also begin the release into the environment of the native wild turkey, which is known as the red squirrel.
The release of all the animals, and of the birds that are now in the Meadows, will also take place in the Northern Territory.
The Meadows wild birds are also expected to be released into the landscape.”
All the birds in the southern meadowland are expected to go into that wild population, but we’ve got some species that are in that area that are more vulnerable,” Jones continued.”
So we’re going to have to start some releases in a few years’ time to get the birds there.””
Once they get there, we’re just trying to make sure that they can be rehabilitated and we’re making sure that we get them into a healthy environment,” he continued.
The arrival of the new animals in Western Australia will come at a time when the state is trying to improve its relationship with the federal environment department.
The department said the reintroducments would be funded by the Commonwealth’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, which will manage the release, and that it would be the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to ensure that the animals get the best possible care.”
We want to ensure they have the best chance of surviving and thriving in their new environments,” Agriculture Minister Ian Macfarlane said in a statement.
The state government said the release would take place between August and September, and said the first release would be on August 31.
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