How a few blokes decided to try and save the Numbat: Rob McLean

Robert McLean is an unlikely conservationist. Throughout the week he drives a meat truck and is a bloke who enjoys a steak and a beer. But most weekends he’s out in the Dryandra Woodland conservation area, 170km south-east of Perth, trying to save one of Australia‚Äôs most endangered species – the numbat – from extinction. There are less than 1000 mature individuals remaining. Together with three other unlikely conservationists – airline worker Sean Van Alphen, power-company employee Matthew Willett, and John Lawson, caretaker of the Lions Dryandra Woodland Village and a former stonemason – he founded The Numbat Task Force.

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