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).
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Toxic shrubs have unwittingly aided the numbat in WA, creating sanctuaries for the endangered animal.
Our latest AG Reader Video comes from Robert McLean in south-western WA, who captured this footage of endangered baby numbats in their burrow.
As West Australian numbat populations decline, fenced reserves in South Australia and New South Wales are yielding more hopeful results.
Help Project Numbat fund research and predator-control programs to protect WA’s faunal emblem.
A group of numbat lovers has come to the rare marsupial’s rescue in a pocket of south-western WA.
Captive-bred endangered numbats find a new home in the wild of WA.
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.
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