New Rot­tnest Is­land web­site in­forms, ed­u­cates

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Rot­tnest Is­land Au­thor­ity’s (RIA) new wildlife web­site is live.

The ed­u­ca­tion tool for stu­dents will also help in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors iden­tify fauna and flora on Rot­tnest Is­land us­ing in­ter­ac­tive maps.

RIA dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Natasha Marti said the web­site took two months to com­plete and was ini­ti­ated be­cause vis­i­tors of­ten con­tacted the RIA with en­vi­ron­men­tal ques­tions.

“We worked with the en­vi­ron­men­tal team to put the con­tent to­gether,” Miss Marti said.

“The way the web­site’s de­signed, it’s got on-land habi­tats and ma­rine habi­tats and the map shows where those habi­tats are on the is­land and the flora and fauna that could be found there.

“There’s a con­ser­va­tion sec­tion and a learn and act sec­tion.”

While the is­land’s most pop­u­lar an­i­mal – the quokka – fea­tures on the web­site’s home­page, there is also in­for­ma­tion about pea­cocks, skinks, New Zealand fur seals and the Aus­tralian sea lion.

Miss Marti said the RIA hoped the web­site – wildlife.rot­tnestis­land. com – would broaden per­cep­tions of the is­land and en­cour­age vis­i­tors to recog­nise it as an A class na­ture re­serve as well as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

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Rot­tnest Is­land Au­thor­ity dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Natasha Marti said the site was cre­ated in two months.

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