Chevron Australia’s world-class environmental management of Barrow Island, including its strict quarantine conditions, is a key factor why healthy and sizeable populations of mammals are living on the island.
It's estimated that Barrow Island is currently home for up to 60,000 golden bandicoots, 5,000 boodies, 10,000 spectacled hare wallabies and 10,000 possums.
The wealth of flora and fauna on the island has flourished alongside the presence of Western Australia's largest onshore petroleum operation for the last 45 years.
In fact, our operations on Barrow Island are globally significant and recognised as a model for the coexistence of petroleum development and the protection of biodiversity.
Barrow Island hosts many mammal species that are now absent or rarely seen across other parts of Australia.
The diversity of mammals includes large marsupials (wallabies, burrowing bettongs, bandicoots, possums), small carnivorous marsupials, native rats and mice, and microbats. Each group of mammal species occupies a particular niche in their habitat, and each species has evolved in an environment that experiences natural dynamic climatic change over time. This diversity is a legacy of what was present on the Australian mainland prior to European settlement.
There are 13 species of mammals that are resident on the island. Five resident species are protected under Western Australian and Commonwealth legislation. These are:
- Barrow Island Golden Bandicoot
- Barrow Island Boodie
- Barrow Island Spectacled Hare-Wallaby
- Black-flanked Rock-Wallaby
- Barrow Island Euro
For more information about the mammals species and other fauna found on Barrow Island please download our Nature Books.
Some of Barrow Island’s mammals have been relocated to surrounding islands and the mainland as part of the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)’s Operation Rangelands Restoration Program. The Gorgon Project is funding the program which is linked to the environmental approvals of the project.