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Oncychogalea fraenata has made a return to New South Wales. The bridled nailtail wallaby was thought to be extinct in NSW, having not been seen since the 1920s.

Bridled Nailtail Wallaby
Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

The nailtail, recognisable by a white stripe from head to tail, was once Australia's most numerous wallaby species but foxes and feral cats took their toll. The wallaby was rediscovered near Dingo, Queensland, in 1973.

A seven year breeding program set up by Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, has succeeded to the point where there are now 40 wallabies at the zoo. The zoo intends to release six wallabies into the wild in a 394 ha sanctuary near Peak Hill, NSW. NSW Zoological Parks Board chief executive Guy Cooper said "This is an historic release."

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