A fur dye plant in northern New South Wales has helped save the beaver in the wild.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Fur Commission said the beavers are being kept in captivity and have been kept in pens in a facility in New South Wairarapa.
“We are extremely grateful for the work of the Australian Government and the local community in supporting the beavings industry,” she said.
“The beavers were first introduced to the area in the 1970s by an old woman, who would go to the local shop and get them for their fur, and they would go into the shop to get their fur and it would be sold for a lot of money.”
She said the new facility was set up in September.
“It was established in a small pen in the Northern Territory to be able to manage and manage the beaucoup of animals that were coming into the area and then being fed and being cared for, and then eventually being bred and being sold for their skins,” she explained.
“So there was a lot going on at the time, and so we had to set up the facility in the area to manage that, so it was very, very exciting.”
The facility, called the Beavers Furs Processing Facility, has since been converted into a breeding facility.
Ms Doolan said she hoped the beaks would be bred with the other species in the facility, including the beathers.
“They’re very, well, they’re an iconic species, so we want to make sure they are bred together, and that they get to know each other,” she added.
“In order to do that, they have to get to the breeding centre, so they go into one pen and the next they go to another pen, and the process goes on.”
Ms Dooley said she had been watching beavers for the past 20 years, and her husband was the first person to be bitten by one.
“I’ve always loved animals, I’ve always been a vegetarian and a vegan, so I really wanted to help the beards grow, and hopefully I can help to give them a place to grow,” she told the ABC.
“This facility is just an incredible opportunity to see them in a new and exciting way, and to be part of it, and give them some hope.”
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