Reevaluating suitable habitat for reintroductions: Lessons learnt from the eastern barred bandicoot recovery program

Cook, C.N., Morgan, D.G. and Marshall, D.J. (2010) Reevaluating suitable habitat for reintroductions: Lessons learnt from the eastern barred bandicoot recovery program. Animal Conservation, 13 2: 184-195. doi:10.1111/j.1469-1795.2009.00320.x

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Author Cook, C.N.
Morgan, D.G.
Marshall, D.J.
Title Reevaluating suitable habitat for reintroductions: Lessons learnt from the eastern barred bandicoot recovery program
Journal name Animal Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-9430
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2009.00320.x
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 184
End page 195
Total pages 12
Editor Iain Gordon
Res Altwegg
Trenton Garner
Matthew Gompper
Todd Katzner
Stephen Redpath
David Reed
Place of publication Cambridge, U.K.
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 0602 Ecology
9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Formatted abstract
Reintroduction and translocation programs are widely used conservation tools but their success rates are low. Poor success rates for reintroduction programs are commonly attributed to insufficient knowledge of species' habitat requirements, especially if they are critically endangered. Yet conservation managers are frequently required to make decisions about suitable reintroduction sites when information is incomplete or uncertain. A widely used strategy to assist the selection of reintroduction sites – habitat suitability models – may rely on assumptions and simplifications to fill gaps in existing data. It is essential that these models are then evaluated and refined as new evidence becomes available. In this study, we examine the effectiveness of a reintroduction program based on habitat suitability modelling: that for the critically endangered eastern barred bandicoot Perameles gunnii in Australia. After collecting a variety of data from the reintroduction sites, we found that habitat preferences for this species could be accurately predicted using a simple logistic regression model within two predictor variables rather than the five previously used to select reintroduction sites. This made it possible to better focus limited resources on the most suitable reintroduction sites. We believe that building such a process of review into a reintroduction program can contribute to improving its success, while ensuring that scarce conservation resources are used more effectively.
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Zoological Society of London
Keyword Conservation
Logistic Regression
Predictive modelling
Wildlife management
Q-Index Code C1
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