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.
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