Widgewah conservation reserve

Saving a species through philanthropy

Banner image, Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby. Photo by Pete James

Widgewah Conservation Reserve was purchased and developed by philanthropist Lisa Barlow in response to the devastation of the 2019/20 bushfires. At this time Odonata ran a rescue mission for Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in collaboration with Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in Canberra, which immediately garnered Lisa's attention. Eager to support Australia's at risk wildlife, she acted immediately.

The sanctuary is being managed by Odonata in preparation to welcome its first wallabies from Mount Rothwell with 90ha already fenced with a further expansion in the works as of 2023. The Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population has been stagnant for 40 years and Widgewah has been designed to help stimulate growth in the population and also offer the species an additional insurance population, should the threat of natural disaster strike again. It is expected that Widgewah will be able to reach capacity of 200 Southern brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in a minimum of 4 years.

Odonata would like to honour Lisa for her fast action during the catastrophic 2019/20 bushfires, her philanthropic donation has offered a lifeline to a species that without help could well be facing the reality of extinction.

Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies. Photo by Pete James

Find out more and jump straight to sanctuary:


Donate to Odonata to make a direct contribution to the development of our world-class threatened species sanctuary network.