Num­bat task force

Australian Geographic - - Your Society -

ROBERT MCLEAN, John Law­son and Sean Van Alphen (above, from left) be­came mates while pho­tograph­ing num­bats in the Dryan­dra Wood­land na­ture con­ser­va­tion area near Perth. Alarmed by feral cat pre­da­tion there, they formed the Num­bat Task Force to lobby for pro­tec­tion of the long-nosed na­tive.

When plans were an­nounced to lo­cate a rub­bish tip near Dryan­dra, they em­barked on a cam­paign to save the crea­tures. The friends set up a Face­book page where they posted ev­ery num­bat image they cap­tured.

Their ef­forts over­turned a WA En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity de­ci­sion not to as­sess the tip pro­posal. Its im­pact on the Dryan­dra will

now be ex­am­ined by the watch­dog.

Cat­e­gory spon­sor

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