Posted Sun at 5:43am
After a series of catastrophic wildfires in 2014, the Mallee emu wren became extinct in South Australia, but the birds are making a comeback in the state with the help of environmentalists.
When the tiny bird — weighing only as much as a 10 cent piece — could no longer be found in SA, there were still numbers that existed in parts of Victoria's north-west, but they were listed as endangered.
In one of the three national parks where they remained, Victoria's Wyperfeld National Park, their numbers were only in the hundreds.
Researchers were concerned a severe bushfire season would threaten the remaining population.
Numerous organisations in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, together with the support of the South Australian Government, devised a breeding program over four years to boost the birds' numbers.