From the desk of the
Threatened Species Commissioner
Mr Gregory Andrews
Super proud of Perth Zoo for being the only place in the world to crack and invest in breeding and releasing numbats from captivity.
The numbat is rarer that China's Giant Panda, the iconic symbol of WWF Australia and the global movement against extinction.
The #ThreatenedSpecies Strategy is aiming to fix this and last year Environment Minister Greg Hunt MP committed to recover its declining trajectory by 2020. The Australian Government is investing millions of dollars to tackle feral cats that kill and eat numbats in Western Australia. In addition, four Green Army Gov projects, two National Landcare Programme projects and four National Environmental Science Projects are helping it's fight against #extinction by building and improving habitat and making it safe again for numbats to roam and eat termites where they belong.
Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia has demonstrated a consistent commitment to fighting extinction of numbats through the Western Shield Program.
Without the insurance population at Perth Zoo, there's a high risk that Australia could have no numbats to release in the future. So keep up your great work Susan Hunt and team.
Numbats Rarer than Giant Pandas
Many a visitor to Pingelly makes the trek out the Moorumbine Anglican Church, and the accompanying Heritage Trail. Nestled in picturesque farmland, you can reach the church by heading out of Pingelly, and following the signs to Wickepin.
An 8km drive out of town will take you past the emu farm. If you like wildlife photography, you can stop on the verge to take some photos. The emus are very curious and love to come over and have a look at what you're doing.
A few kilometres past the emu farm you'll see the turn off to Moorumbine. It's very well signed, and easy to follow. Drive past a couple of cute cottages which double as guest houses, you'll be upon the Church and pretty little cemetery in no time. the Heritage Trail map is just inside the Church grounds.
You'll find plenty of wild flowers here, and you're not too far from Tutanning Reserve (but you need to book for that tour).
For other things to do while you're in Pingelly, click here.
Ironstone Hill, Pingelly
Written by John Dunn
Ironstone Hill is claimed to be a four million year old extinct volcano that stands as a sentinel over Pingelly township.
Situated on Balfour Street, just past the school, the hill has been a favourite to some locals to enjoy the spectacular sunsets over a glass of red or just to wonder at the splendour of nature at its finest.
When the sun sets over the tree tops and welcomes the night, you'll enjoy flashes of burnt orange and hues of pinks and reds.
Mature Pingelly residents recall that in their youth the hill was a playing ground of secret tunnels and hiding holes.
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