Tag: endangered animal

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’s 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. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Wildlife

The war on wedge-tailed eagles

We’ve seen this before, but now it’s time we put an end to the war on wedge-tailed eagles before this starts to have a major impact on our ecosystem, experts warn.

Wildlife

GALLERY: Numbats, tiny tigers of Australia

There are less than 1000 numbats left alive on the planet, including those in enclosed reserves and zoos. One of the main areas were they are found is the Dryandra woodland in WA’s southern wheatbelt. To donate and help save the numbat look for the AG Society numbat fundraiser in issue 130. Click on the image to scroll through the gallery or swipe from right to left if you’re using a touch screen device.