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Whale shark

Whale shark is WA’s new marine animal emblem

Western Australia to adopt new marine animal emblem The majestic whale shark will become Western Australia’s new marine animal emblem.   Premier Colin Barnett today announced the selection of the whale shark, Rhincodon typus, at Forest Crescent Primary School, which won a State-wide competition to nominate a marine emblem.   Mr Barnett said the whale shark had become famous for gathering every year during autumn and winter off the coast of Exmouth in the spectacular Ningaloo Marine Park.   “The whale shark is a significant attraction for those visiting Western Australia and reflects the diversity and beauty of the State’s marine life,” he said.   The competition to select a State marine animal emblem was launched by the Premier on WA Day this year, following…

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Croc sighted near Broome Port

Croc sighted near Broome Port

  The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding Broome residents and visitors to be aware of crocodiles following a sighting of an estuarine crocodile in the Entrance Point area. DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the large crocodile was spotted by members of the public late Sunday afternoon. The accurate size is unknown as the animal has not yet been sighted by DPaW or Broome Shire rangers but the report suggests the crocodile is large enough to be dangerous. “People need to be cautious and avoid the beach and waters in areas between the Broome Port and Gantheaume Point,” Mr Stevens said. “Shire Rangers have installed warning signs at Entrance Point, Town Beach and Reddell Beach car parks. “DPaW and Shire Rangers will continue…

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Forest Management Plan 2014-2023

Forest Management Plan 2014-2023 released

Environment Minister Albert Jacob has released the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023, which provides a new framework for managing the State’s south-west forests for the next decade. Minister’s Media Statement A plan for managing our State’s south-west forests

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Real life whale rescue tale wins national book award

Real life whale rescue tale wins national book award

  A children’s book which tells the real-life story of whale rescue work done by the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) whale expert Doug Coughran has won a prestigious national award.   Deepsea Whale Rescue, which was published by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) last year, received a Certificate of Commendation at the 2013 Whitley Awards ceremony in Sydney.   Regarded as Australia’s leading expert in large whale disentanglements, Mr Coughran has spent the last 34 years working at DPaW specialising in whale rescues.   “I was delighted to share both my own and colleagues’ experiences of responding to whales in trouble with young readers and help them learn about the difficulties they encounter,” he said.   Written by Jan Ramage and…

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Numbat release helps boost species

Numbat release helps boost species

Eight captive-bred numbats have been fitted with radio collars and taught to evade predators ahead of their release into the wild next week as part of a State Government program to boost natural populations of the species. Speaking at Perth Zoo today where the numbats were fitted with their collars, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the marsupials would be released next week at Batalling State Forest near Collie. “These numbats have been well prepared for their new life in the wild as part of a joint project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Perth Zoo,” Mr Jacob said. “The numbats were bred at Perth Zoo and have received aerial predator awareness training to boost their survival chances and fitted with radio collars…

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