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.)

Photo: A black-soil bearded dragon that was recently rehomed in Queensland after it arrived at Perth Airport

Pet owners urged to check before bringing animals to WA

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging people to check if their pets are allowed in the State before transporting them here. Parks and Wildlife wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said certain animals, particularly birds and reptiles, could not be kept here as they may pose a threat to WA’s sensitive ecosystems. “Some pet owners who move from interstate to live and work here assume their bird or lizard will be automatically able to live here too,” Ms Johnston said. “However most pets, with the exception of cats, dogs and agricultural animals, require an import permit and licence, and not all reptiles, amphibians and birds kept as pets in the eastern states are allowed in WA as they may have a negative impact on native…

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Green turtle hatchlings

Guide to help identify North-West marine life

  New information about nesting and hatching turtles, estuarine crocodiles and other species Updated guide raises awareness of marine values and wildlife in WA’s North-West A handy guide for identifying North-West marine wildlife has been expanded to include information about sea turtles and other key species. Launching the latest edition of the guide today, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said it was available as a durable, water-proof booklet for boaters, and as an online download. “This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Western Australia’s remarkable marine wildlife,” Mr Jacob said. “The new publication includes added pages about nesting and hatching turtles, estuarine crocodiles and the red-tailed tropicbird. “This adds to existing material on whales, dolphins, fish and birdlife found in marine waters from Shark…

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Carnaby's black cockatoo

Perth Banksia Woodland Community Restoration Grants

Community groups interested in restoring banksia woodland in the greater Perth area are being invited to apply for grants ranging between $5,000 and $20,000 to help enhance the habitat of rare species. Appplications are now open, and close on Monday 14 April 2014.

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Goldfields herbarium relocated

Goldfields herbarium relocated

The valuable plant specimen collection housed in the Goldfields Reference Herbarium has been moved to its new home at the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Kalgoorlie. The herbarium contains about 1700 specimens collected from local reserves and former pastoral leases managed by the department, plus collections donated by renowned botanist Ken Newbey and the old Western Mining Corporation. Parks and Wildlife conservation officer Jennifer Jackson said the herbarium played an important role assisting people to identify regional plants. “Landowners might have a tree or shrub growing on their property and want to know what it is, or consultants could use the herbarium if they are surveying an area,” Ms Jackson said. In use for 20 years, the reference herbarium had operated from the Department…

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Penguin Island’s newest addition

Penguin Island’s newest addition

In a first for the Penguin Island Discovery Centre, a newborn chick has been successfully hand-raised after its parents struggled to cope with feeding demands. The 10-week-old chick, named Noorook (an Aboriginal word for egg), has today been re-introduced into the centre, as part of the island’s dedicated wildlife interaction program that raises visitor awareness of the vulnerability of the little penguin population. In 2012-13, Penguin Island recorded more than 130,000 visits. Department of Parks and Wildlife discovery centre supervisor Jane Dawson said hand-raising the captive-bred little penguin initially involved fish smoothie feeds every two hours. “Noorook had a rocky start to life since hatching in November but he is now flourishing,” Ms Dawson said. “The arrival of Noorook has excited staff and visitors and…

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