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You can find the most unique habitats on the planet right
here in WA, and the best way to enjoy – and help save
them – is by volunteering
This Margaret River spa retreat has established
a conservation sanctuary with a feral proof
fence around the entire property, so woylies
and other native wildlife can run free in a
bid to help boost their numbers. For more
information, call (08) 9755 7579.
DEC operates a number of projects that require
your help with research, in the office and in
scientific situations. Contact the Volunteer
Coordinator at the Department of Environment
and Conservation on (08) 9334 0251.
DEFINITION Biodiversity hotspots are areas supporting natural ecosystems
that remain largely intact and where native animals are well represented.
estern Australia is home to
some of the most unique
biodiversity on earth, mostly
due to the State’s size, which
spans a diverse range of geographical, soil and
One small area within the vast 493,000sqkm
south-west eco-region – lying just 300km
south of Perth between Bridgetown, Manjimup,
Boyup Brook and Lake Muir – is one of
Australia’s best-kept secrets when it comes
to forest biodiversity, with a special emphasis
on endangered marsupials.
Marsupials that have disappeared elsewhere
in Australia, including the numbat and woylie,
can still be found in this area around Perup, just
How you can help
“A new model for conservation is needed,”
says Atticus Fleming, CEO of the Australian
Wildlife Conservancy, when asked what
can be done to help slow Australia’s rate
of mammal extinction.
“Private non-profit organisations have an
increasingly important role to play. There
also needs to be innovative new partnerships
between the government and organisations
such as the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.”
You can help turn the tide of mammal
decline by simply volunteering your time.
Opportunities to do so exist across a range of
activities, from biodiversity surveys to helping
with injured wildlife.
Lunch for the local marsupials (Photography The Darling Range Wildlife Shelter).
Getting ready to release a Greater Stick-Nest Rat
(Photography Australian Wildlife Conservancy).
Numbat (Photography Tourism WA).
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