Wildlife care book
Some participants in the coming Christmas in Elfenbrook festival and pageant preparing for the event on December 9. A SWAN View resident has written a children’s book about the critically endangered western swamp tortoise in the hope of educating the younger generation about caring for native wildlife.
The book Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise is a picture book using real photos of the species and tells the story of Westy, from his time hatching at the Perth Zoo breeding program to being released in the swamp in Bullsbrook and learning how to survive.
Author Cathy Levett, a former primary school teacher and part of the Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise group, wrote the book to help educate children at schools.
She said the best way to communicate with children about issues was through books.
“There wasn’t a book that would do the job we wanted, so I decided to do it myself,” she said. “I’m really chuffed about how the book has been received.
“It’s the first book I’ve written and sharing books with children has always been a passion of mine, so to write one that will also help raise awareness is a dream.”
The western swamp tortoise was thought extinct for 100 years when, in 1953, two were found on the side of a road in Bullsbrook.
Since then work has gone into ensuring their survival, with the species expected to be taken off the critically endangered list in the next five years. Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise can be bought from www.westernswamp tortoise.com.au.