Banjo the Bandicoot Bodyguard

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Hi, I'm Banjo. I'm currently in training to be a guardian dog for my friends the Eastern Barred Badicoots.

It's very sad that there are no longer any Eastern Barred Bandicoots left in the wild on mainland Australia. Breeding programs and reserves surrounded by feral­proof fences have been used to create an insurance population of the species but with my help we may now have an opportunity to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

I'm currently in training along with my partner Mackinnon, another Maremma dog pup. When we are ready we will go and live with our bandicoot friends as they are introduced back into the wild. We will protect them from foxes and other introduced predators.

I am a Maremma pup. We are a breed of guardian dog that originated in Italy and have been used for centuries to successfully guard livestock. My relatives have been succesful in protecting Little Penguins from foxes as part of the Middle Island Maremma Dog Project in Warnambool.

With your help my trainers will be able to train 6 dogs over the next 5 years, and if we are successful we hope to create a Fighting Extinction Dog Squad.

Your tips will go to Zoos Victoria who are running this program in association with The Federal and Victorian Governments, Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre, Tiverton Property Partners, National Trust of Australia, Mooramong and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team.

Thanks for your support.

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