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Partnership to boost native wildlife recovery

Partnership to boost native wildlife recovery

Parks and Wildlife’s leading wildlife recovery program Western Shield today received a boost with the signing of a new three-year $120,000 sponsorship agreement with mineral sands company Tronox.

Parks and Wildlife Director General Jim Sharp said the sponsorship would support feral cat and fox baiting in and around Nambung National Park between Cervantes and Lancelin.

“As part of the Nambung baiting, monitoring native wildlife and feral animals using new methods, including the use of remote cameras, will also be carried out,” he said.

“The support of private sector project partners like Tronox is enabling the department to bait feral predators in new areas to improve the recovery efforts for native wildlife under Western Shield.”

Mr Sharp said at least 53 threatened mammal, bird and reptile species remained in existence in Western Shield baited areas, with at least 29 of these species showing sustainable populations or improvements in population size and area of occupancy.

“Around one million poison baits are laid annually across more than three million hectares of department-managed land, from as far north as the Pilbara, through the forests of the south-west, to areas east of Esperance in the south,” he said.

“As a result of baiting, we have seen dramatic increases in the population size and distribution of several threatened species including the chuditch, quokka and western brush wallaby, and populations of quenda and tammar wallaby have recovered to such an extent that both species have been removed from threatened fauna lists.”

Tronox has sponsored Parks and Wildlife’s Western Shield recovery activities in and around Nambung National Park since 2001. The company produces mineral sands, titanium dioxide pigment and electrolytic products. 

The Western Shield program is delivered by Parks and Wildlife and generously supported by sponsors including Tronox, Alcoa of Australia, and BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina (Worsley). 

 

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