Spot­light on num­bats

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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