Spotlight on numbats
NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation Project Numbat has launched the inaugural national World Numbat Day to raise funds and awareness in support of conservation projects for the furry creature.
With only about 1000 numbats left in the wild, Project Numbat has strived to save the mammals from extinction since 2006, with the organisation’s main objective being to raise funds for breeding and conservation programs.
Project Numbat president Tamara Wilkes-Jones said the organisation had provided funds to the Department of Parks and Wildlife for aerial surveys so numbats could be monitored after they had been released into the wild.
“We support Perth Zoo with their breeding program and annually buy radio tracking collars that are fitted to the numbats before their release into the wild by the Department of Parks and Wildlife,” Ms Wilkes-Jones said.
“Then they can see how the released numbats are coping.”
As part of the inaugural World Numbat Day held at Perth Zoo recently, the organi- sation launched The Project Numbat 2016 calendar.
Available for $20 at www. numbat.org.au, all proceeds go to The Project Numbat’s fight to prevent extinction.
One of Perth Zoo’s resident numbats.