The Recovery Program was started in 2003 and continued through the Growing Connections project (2012- 2017). In 2020, the Foundation became the secretariat for the Regional Recovery Group, formalising our role as a champion for the bandicoot.
The Southern Brown Bandicoot is listed as nationally endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and threatened in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Until the 1970s, the Southern Brown Bandicoot was common in the heathy woodlands that occurred in the Western Port region. Today, there remains only one relatively secure site and elsewhere only isolated patches of habitat remain, with few surviving bandicoots. The conservation of these fragmented populations, on land managed by many private landholders and public agencies, poses a significant challenge.