West Australians are being asked to help save the
endangered numbat by reporting sightings of the termite-loving marsupial.
It is estimated there are fewer than 1000 numbats left
in the wild and WWF-Australia wants to ensure they survive and thrive. But not
enough is known about our endangered numbats in the Warren Region as it much
more difficult to survey for animals compared to other sites.
Numbats used to occur widely across southern Australia
but due to habitat loss and predators like cats and foxes, their range has
declined dramatically. By the 1970s numbats survived only in small areas of
southwest WA and by the 1980s only two sites remained; Dryandra Woodland & the
Perup/Kington area within the Warren Region.
“Reporting sightings of numbats is a great way that
the community can assist this project in the Warren Region. Researchers will
have improved information on the distribution of numbats which will help
immensely,” said WWF-Australia Species
Conservation Manager, Merril Halley.
What you can
an eye out for numbats when you are travelling through potential numbat habitat
and report any sightings. Make
sure you note the date and the location (GPS coordinates if
possible) of sighting. Note the description of the animals and what ti is
doing, and if safe, take a photo. Report the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Numbats are active during the day and during the
cooler months it is best to look for them between mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Numbats activity corresponds with the activity of their food (termites are
active when it is warm). In the Warren Region numbats are generally found in
the jarrah, marri or wandoo woodland.
Your sightings will provide vital information to WWF and the WA Department of Biodiversity,
Conservation & Attractions (DBCA). Remote sensor cameras will also be put
in place next month and a citizen science project set up to review the photos so citizen scientists everywhere can help us to
identify where numbats and other threatened animals occur in the southwest.
Project partners include: Department of Biodiversity,
Conservation & Attractions, Murdoch University. It is also supported by
funding from the Western Australian Government's State Natural Resource
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