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Community donation to help western ground parrot recovery

Western ground parrot
Western ground parrot DPaW

Efforts to save the critically endangered western ground parrot have been boosted by the donation of $10,000 to the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) south coast region.

The Friends of the Western Ground Parrot donated the funds so DPaW’s South Coast Threatened Birds Recovery Team (SCTBRT) can continue its work maintaining parrots currently in captivity.

SCTBRT chair Sarah Comer said in the future captive breeding could play a vital role in the recovery of the western ground parrot.

“We currently have seven captive western ground parrots, which has allowed us to develop husbandry techniques for a potential captive breeding program that can be used to re-establish wild populations,” Mrs Comer said.

“The generous donation from the Friends of Western Ground Parrot community group will help DPaW maintain the captive birds while captive breeding options are further investigated.

“We hope to be able to roll out a captive breeding program next year that will support large-scale recovery actions for the western ground parrot that are already being implemented for the two remaining wild populations in Cape Arid and Fitzgerald River National Parks.

“This includes integrated feral predator management, fire management, survey and population monitoring.”

Mrs Comer said National Threatened Species day on Saturday 7 September highlighted the endeavours of groups such the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot.

“We are very appreciative of the time, effort and funds they contribute for an important conservation project,” she said.

The State Government invested $250,000 in 2012-13 for western ground parrot recovery actions.

Media contact: DPaW Media 9219 9999


Last modified on Monday, 09 September 2013 13:30