Gilbert's potoroo, one of the world's most endangered mammals. Photo © Parks and Wildlife

The Wildlife Conservation Act provides for species or subspecies of native animals (fauna) to be specially protected and listed as 'threatened' in Western Australia because they are:

  • under identifiable threat of extinction
  • rare
  • otherwise in need of special protection.

Listed species

The Department of Parks and Wildlife, with the help of community groups and local people, develops and implements Recovery Plans and Interim Recovery Plans for threatened species and ecological communities.

The department also runs conservation programs to help threatened animals, including Western Shield, one of the biggest wildlife conservation programs ever undertaken in Australia.