Pam and Matt May are the owners of Stringybark Sanctuary, a property located approximately 300km southeast of Adelaide, South Australia. Stringybark Sanctuary is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary used for education and features a wildlife art studio. It is Pam and Matt’s intent to build a home on a three acre exclusion zone on Stringybark Sanctuary while managing pest species and revegetating clearings, with the hope the latter two of these activities will lead to a resurgence of bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) and an abundance of native wildlife in general calling the sanctuary home.
The sanctuary covers 220 hectares of bush land predominantly comprised of stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua) and manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) heathlands on sand, as well as some limestone outcrops featuring Blakely’s red gum (Eucalyptus blakelyi) and stringybark species. Throughout the sanctuary, magnificent examples of grass trees (Xanthorrhoea australis) and a variety of ground cover species and native orchids are present.
Known wildlife inhabitants of Stringybark Sanctuary include approximately 30 species of native birds, such as the red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii), as well as abundant short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), red-necked (Macropus rufogriseus) and swamp (Wallabia bicolor) wallabies, western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae), southwestern pygmy (Cercartetus concinnus), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), eastern brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis) and a variety of lizards.