MARCH 2024

Hats Off to Bandicoots!

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Will & Bear’s partnership with Odonata Foundation boosts bandicoot population

Will & Bear celebrates the world-first success of Odonata Foundation’s Eastern Barred Bandicoot breeding program, which it has supported since 2022.

From a modest starting group of 34 bandicoots just three years ago, the Odonata Foundation’s breeding program at Tiverton Sanctuary witnessed a population explosion to approximately 3,000 bandicoots by the end of 2023. This is the highest number since the program's inception, a clear indication of the positive impact of sustained conservation efforts.

Eastern Barred Bandicoots. Photo by Annette RuzickaIn an unprecedented achievement, this collaborative effort, together with the National Recovery Team, has led to the down-listing of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from 'extinct in the wild' to 'endangered'. This marks a significant step forward in the conservation of a species that was once on the brink of extinction.

Central to Will & Bear's commitment to this cause is the 'Percy' hat, a symbol of their dedication to both style and sustainability. Crafted from 100% Australian Wool, Percy is not just a hat, but a statement of support for these conservation efforts. A portion of the profits from each Percy sold is directly donated to the bandicoot breeding program, offering customers a chance to join in this vital environmental cause.

This initiative is a reflection of Will & Bear's broader commitment to sustainability.

As Australia's first B-Corp certified hat company, they prioritise the use of natural materials and environmentally friendly practices in all their products. Their partnership with the Odonata Foundation is a testament to their belief in the power of collaborative conservation.

To learn more about the 'Percy' hat and full range of sustainable products, and to join in supporting this remarkable conservation effort, please visit Will & Bear's website.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Eastern Barred Bandicoots. Photo by Annette Ruzicka

About Will & Bear

Will & Bear is a leader in crafting high-quality hats from natural materials, designed for the great outdoors. Our commitment to sustainability is at the core of everything we do, from our 'One Hat Sold, One Tree Planted' initiative to our partnerships with organizations like the Odonata Foundation, working together for a greener, more sustainable future.


For further information, please contact:

Courtney Bell, Will & Bear Marketing Manager