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As part of the process for national endorsement of the Western Australian Numbat Recovery Plan, in accordance with the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Australian Government Department of the Environment is inviting public comment.

The public comment period closes on 5 February 2016.

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About this document

The draft recovery plan for the listed threatened numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), was prepared by the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, and is proposed to be adopted as the national recovery plan for this species under the EPBC Act.

There are estimated to be less than 1000 mature numbat individuals in the wild across ten sites where this marsupial species is known to be persisting, with an overall trend of ongoing decline.

The draft recovery plan provides information on distribution, decline, aspects of ecology and biology, and threatening processes, and presents the actions and associated costs considered necessary to recover this species.

The long term goal of the recovery program for the numbat is to improve its conservation status by increasing the size of existing subpopulations and increasing the number of subpopulations.

This recovery plan guides the recovery of the numbat for the next ten years. The objectives are to:

• ensure the security of existing self-sustaining subpopulations
• extend the current distribution of the numbat
• ensure genetic health and diversity is maintained
• increase community awareness and participation in the conservation of the numbat.

Last modified on Monday, 04 January 2016 15:35