image source, image caption The Eastern Striped Bandicoot has been removed from the Australian State of Victoria's 'Extinct in the Wild' list.
A small furry marsupial that roamed the grassy plains of Victoria in Australia has been brought back from the brink of extinction, officials say.
Numbers of the eastern barred bandico have not dropped due to non-native foxes, habitat destruction and wild cats.
Now after 30 years of conservation efforts, the number has grown from just 150 animals to around 1,500.
This is the first time that Australia has changed the status of an animal from "extinct in the wild " to "endangered ".
When the recorded population levels ofWhile bandicoots dived in the years leading up to the late 1980s, Victoria State conservation teams invested millions of dollars in setting up captive breeding programs.
They created sites without predators - some of which were protected by trained dogs - and moved some of the animals to islands without foxes.
Bandicoot change of conservation status announced Wednesday, Victoria 's Environment Minister Lily D ' Ambrosio said she was "excited" by the success of the project, adding: "This is an incredible first for Australia.
Amy Coetsee, endangered species biologist at Melbourne's Victoria Zoos, said the news offered "hope that with the perseverance, determination and support of the gGovernment, volunteers and communities, we can win the fight against extinction "AFP news agency reported.
Australia has the worst extinction rate mammals from all over the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia.
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