The world’s largest cat-proof fence has been completed in central Australia. The fence creates a 94 square kilometre sanctuary for endangered marsupials.
The fence itself is 44km long and is made of 85,000 pickets, 400km of wire and 130km of netting . It surrounds the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary.
Endangered marsupials such as the bilby, the burrowing bettong and the mala (also known as the rufous hare-wallaby) will have a chance to replenish their populations inside the massive sanctuary, safe from Australia’s feral cat epidemic.
Conservationists plan to reintroduce a total of 11 endangered marsupials into the area.
Feral cats not only threaten marsupials, each night they kill a million native birds across Australia and have caused the extinction of 20 native species.