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Captive bred numbats go wild

 The Wheatbelt’s numbat population received a boost following the release of 15 captive bred animals into Dryandra Woodland as part of a joint project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Perth Zoo.

Ten young numbats born at the zoo earlier this year were released today and will join the estimated population of 1000 living in the wild in Western Australia. Five adults, including three wild-born numbats, were released two weeks earlier.

It is the second translocation of numbats into the Dryandra Woodland following the release of 17 zoo-bred animals in 2014 as part of a State Government initiative to safeguard the endangered animal.

Parks and Wildlife principal research scientist Dr Tony Friend said translocating numbats was part of the recovery plan to protect the numbat into the future.

It is underpinned by Parks and Wildlife’s flagship wildlife recovery program Western Shield which focuses on returning the balance and mixture of animals in selected areas to levels comparable to pre-European settlement.

“The greatest threat to the numbat is predation from foxes and feral cats,” Dr Friend said.

Western Shield has been working to minimise this threat through monthly ground baiting at the Dryandra Woodland for foxes and yearly cat baiting will now commence following the Commonwealth approval of Eradicat® for operational use”.

The baiting forms part of an integrated approach to management of introduced predators in the Dryandra Woodland and other techniques including trapping and shooting are being explored.

Parks and Wildlife is also looking to work with the Dryandra Woodland neighbours to control foxes and feral cats as a means of providing a larger buffer of protection to the numbat population and other threatened species in the reserve.

Dr Friend said the numbats were fitted with radio tracking collars so that their progress could be followed.

“Tracking the animals is a vital part of the project as it allows us to understand what’s happening after release and once again it’s been a team effort,” Dr Friend said.

“Community action group Project Numbat provided the funding for the radio-collars as part of their ongoing support to the recovery project and Lions Dryandra Woodland Village Board has provided accommodation to help us to monitor the numbats”.

Last modified on Monday, 07 December 2015 11:58