Trial guard dog project playing part in decades-long battle to save Eastern Barred Bandicoots in south-west Victoria

Updated June 24 2021 - 6:51am, first published 6:00am
TOO CUTE: It took Zoos Victoria trainer David Williams four years to teach the fluffy guardians, bonding the Maremma dogs with a flock of sheep on the reserve. Pictures: Zoos Victoria

Dogs are usually man's best friend, but for twenty Eastern Barred Bandicoots in the south-west the companions are part of a decades-long battle to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.


Jessica Greenan


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