News and media statements

All Parks and Wildlife Service news items and media statements produced after mid-August 2019 are available on the new departmental website .

Media statements archive

Media statements archive

(This website contains news items and media statements produced prior to August 2019 only.)

Eurasian hoopoe caught on remote camera on Adolphus Island

Remote island cameras record expanded range of wildlife

Remote cameras installed on Adolphus Island in the east Kimberley to monitor northern quolls are revealing a far greater range of wildlife than previously recorded. Department of Parks and Wildlife State cane toad program leader Corrin Everitt said the cameras had captured images in October 2014 of the Eurasian Hoopoe bird (Upupa epops) visiting the island. “This is only the third sighting of the species in Australia, so were excited to find it on our cameras,” Ms Everitt said. “It was first spotted in 2011 at Roebuck Plains Roadhouse and then in February 2014 at Galiwinku on Elcho Island in the Northern Territory. “Australian sightings of the Hoopoe, whose native range is Eurasia and north-west Africa, are thought to be a result of the birds…

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Volunteers enjoy a break from the Northcliffe fire

Thank you to community from Parks and Wildlife

The community of WA’s south-west is being hailed for its generosity and cooperation during the major bushfire which threatened the town of Northcliffe. Department of Parks and Wildlife Warren regional manager Peter Keppel said the bushfire emergency – the worst in the south-west since 1961 - had brought out the best in people. “I can’t thank the community enough for showing their support during this incident,” Mr Keppel said. “The contributions of volunteers, local community members, businesses and groups have all been so valuable.” Mr Keppel said assistance for those affected by the fire and personnel involved in the fire suppression effort took many forms. “Some people made donations or volunteered their time, others sent messages of support or helped people displaced by the fire,”…

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Reptiles concealed in a book.

Traffickers attempt to export hundreds of reptiles from WA

Two separate operations by State and Commonwealth authorities have thwarted the attempted trafficking of hundreds of Western Australian native animals. An investigation by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife has prevented more than 150 reptiles and amphibians from being illegally exported out of the State, with four men also arrested and charged. Two men from Russia and two from the Czech Republic were arrested by ACBPS officers at Perth International Airport on 6 February 2015 after the earlier discovery of reptiles allegedly hidden in hollowed out books and cigarette packets in packages posted from Carnarvon, Tom Price, Geraldton and Perth to European destinations. Two of the men also allegedly had reptiles hidden in their luggage…

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National parks and reserves closed due to bushfires

National parks and reserves closed due to bushfires

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has closed 18 national parks and reserves and 36 recreation sites including tracks and trails in various parts of the State due to the significant Northcliffe and Lower Hotham fires in the State's south-west. Parks and Wildlife Director General Jim Sharp said the Department had redirected staff resources towards fire suppression for the Northcliffe fire in addition to the Lower Hotham and a number of other smaller fires in other parts of the south-west. "More than 600 staff members are involved in the fires, with officers from as far north as Kununurra and inland to the Goldfields travelling to Perth and the south-west to assist with fire suppression,” he said. “They are working with bushfire volunteers, staff from Department…

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‘Darlings of the Range’ Valentine’s Day event

‘Darlings of the Range’ Valentine’s Day event

For something a little bit different on Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a ‘Darlings of the Range’ evening at beautiful Beelu National Park in the Perth Hills. From 5-10pm on Saturday 14 February, get up close and personal with some real ‘darlings of the range’ – baby marsupials and mammals - and enjoy a moonlit supper at the Department of Parks and Wildlife Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Allen Road, Mundaring. Later, enjoy a romantic movie at nearby Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema. Parks and Wildlife Nearer to Nature coordinator Jill Francis said the ‘Darlings of the Range’ event offered a unique experience. “Summertime is a great time of year for an evening outdoors in the Perth Hills, particularly on Valentine’s Day,” Ms Francis said.…

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