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Protecting the Last Wild Numbats

Protecting the Last Wild Numbats

October 15, 2021

PROJECT UPDATE - NUMBATS - OCTOBER 2021

In the native scrub of the Dryandra Woodland, a few hours south of Perth, you have helped us to protect one of the last remaining wild populations of an iconic Australian marsupial: the Numbat.

We now have an update for you regarding our ongoing monitoring of this special species.

14 NUMBATS COLLARED

Having recently reached our funding target for the project, we are excited to share that 14 numbats are currently collared in the reserve and are part of the ongoing collection of data.

Two individuals have been lost to predation, but initial signs suggest it is the result of a native predator – the Chuditch/Western Quoll – rather than invasive species (cats and foxes) which is somewhat of a silver-lining. Those collars have been sent for DNA analysis to confirm this.

The number of numbats within the reserve continues to grow following the effective control of cats and foxes, with latest modelling estimating there are more than 500 individuals present.

UPCOMING SURVEY

The November Numbat Survey is coming next month, which will provide the chance to collar new numbats to be brought into the long-term study with Dr Tony Friend. We look forward to bringing you news from that survey.