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Moorundee Wildlife Reserve
South Australia
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
Nearest town or city Sedan
Established 1968
Area 69.00 km2 (26.6 sq mi)
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Moorunde Wildlife Reserve is a private protected area located in South Australia near the Murray River, between Blanchetown and Swan Reach.

History

In 1967, wombat enthusiasts Mr & Mrs Conquest of Adelaide approached members of the "Natural History Society of South Australia" (NHSSA), keen to establish a sanctuary for Hairy-nosed Wombats. The Natural History Society was a society that aimed to promote the native flora and fauna of South Australia. Together, the Conquests and the NHSSA raised funds to acquire a section of Portee Station for the purpose of establishing a sanctuary for the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat. The appeal was the first environmental appeal in the state and raised sufficient funds to purchase two parcels of land totalling 2020 hectares and named Moorunde Wildlife Reserve by the Society after the name used by Edward Eyre for a local magistrate outpost. Disagreements over the Conquests' plan to run safari tours and the Society preference for protecting wombat habitat as a priority saw the Conquests remove their support for the project. The society obtained contiguous sections of Portee, known as the 12 mile plain, in 2008 increasing the size of the property to 6950 hectares.

Protected area status

As of 2014, land that forms the Moorunde Wildlife Reserve is subject to three native vegetation heritage agreements created in 2008 under the Native Vegetation Act 1991 (SA) where its owner, the Natural History Society of South Australia, has agreed to protect the property’s native vegetation in perpetuity. It is classified as an IUCN Category III protected area.

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