Wild about Aus­tralian life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Footy Finals 2015 -

A PAS­SION for Aus­tralian wildlife led Bel­gian jour­nal­ists Gun­ther De Vos and Eve­line Masco to up­root their lives and move across the world to Su­bi­aco in 2013.

“Af­ter sev­eral trips to Aus­tralia, we de­cided we wanted to be more than just tourists,” Ms Masco said.

The cou­ple joined not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Pro­ject Num­bat about a year ago to give back to their com­mu­nity and help save WA’s state an­i­mal em­blem from ex­tinc­tion.

Ms Masco said Pro­ject Num­bat re­cently launched its an­nual Call for Col­lar cam­paign to sup­port the Perth Zoo breed­ing pro­gram.

“Once a year, num­bats are re­leased in the wild and get a col­lar to track how they are cop­ing in their new habi­tat,” she said. “We are try­ing to raise as much funds as pos­si­ble to buy col­lars to track the re­leased num­bats By De­cem­ber, we aim to raise enough funds to buy 25 col­lars at $250 each.”

Ms Masco said they had just re­turned from an “amaz­ing” trip across the Nullar­bor.

“We love trav­el­ling the coun­try and dis­cov­er­ing as many na­tive species as pos­si­ble,” she said.

Mr De Vos and Ms Masco also vol­un­teer with the City of Su­bi­aco, as­sist­ing in re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing nat­u­ral ar­eas and en­vi­ron­men­tal en­hance­ment projects.

Gun­ther De Vos and Eve­line Masco moved from Bel­gium to Aus­tralia and vol­un­teer with Pro­ject Num­bat.

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