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WA mammal event draws scientists from across the world

More than 800 mammal scientists from 50 different countries will converge on Perth this week to learn and share knowledge at the 12th International Mammalogical Congress.
Scientists from government, university and the private sector will learn about Western Australia’s world-class reserves and the important conservation work carried out by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
The congress will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 9th to the 14th of July.
The department’s Executive Director of Science and Conservation Dr Margaret Byrne said the scientific event, which is sponsored by the International Federation of Mammalogists, is targeted at mammal experts from around the world and held every four years.
“WA’s diverse native wildlife includes nearly 200 mammal species, or two-thirds of Australia’s total terrestrial mammal species,” Dr Byrne said.
“These include one of Australia’s smallest marsupials, the honey possum, and Australia’s only strictly diurnal marsupial, the numbat. 
“The numbat is also WA’s mammal emblem and the mascot of the Congress.”
Dr Byrne said the department manages a significant area of WA’s lands and waters for conservation and research purposes.
“WA islands in particular have been important for mammal conservation in Australia, supporting five species that would have gone extinct without them,” Dr Byrne said.
“Predation by foxes and feral cats is one of the greatest threats to native wildlife and the Western Shield program has been successfully using fox and cat baiting to manage this threat.
“To date, Western Shield has protected wild populations of more than 30 threatened species, established 37 new populations and led to the removal of quenda and tammar wallaby from the State and National threatened species lists.”
Media contact: Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Media 9219 9999