Securing a shared future for wildlife and people

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Mosman High School students have been giving an Aussie Battler a big go! Thirty Year 8 students from Mosman High Schools Academic Extension Class have been busy researching, creating and teaching others about the plight of the Native Bush Rat, better known as the Bogul. Earlier in the year the students came to the Zoo and were introduced to the scientific project being undertaken by The University of Sydney, in conjunction with Taronga Zoo, Mosman Council and National Parks and Wildlife, which aims to reintroduce the Bogul to bushlands currently overrun and degraded by the European Black Rat. The Bogul is highly territorial and is willing to fight to gain and keep territory against the introduced Black Rat. At this stage positive results are being recorded!!

The Taronga Education project is concerned with helping Mosman residents understand the experiment and the little things they can do to help the Bogul battler succeed!

After learning everything they could, the Mosman High students have designed posters, flyers, digital presentations, board games and even computer platform games to educate others about the Bogul in our neighbourhood. The students’ work will be on display and available to the public as part of the Mosman Festivals Pets Day Out, at the Alan Border Oval, on October 30th. Representatives from Taronga Education, National Parks and Wildlife and the University of Sydney will be at the Festival event, with the students to educate the public and answer questions anyone may have about the Bogul re-introduction.

Education Officer, Kerry