Imagine a world without numbats – no thanks! But today there is some great news for the species. Aussie Ark which was built off our successful Devil Ark model, with thanks to American partners Global Wildlife Conservation, who donated the $40,000 to the project, are working in collaboration with the Numbat Task Force, the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to provide on the ground support. This project will collect valuable data with flow on actions for one of Australia’s most elusive, adorable and endangered species.
Did you know that numbats are more rare than pandas, tigers, orangutans or rhinos?! This is a fact so often overlooked. There are believed to be fewer than 1,000 numbats in the wild. With 67% of all numbat predation being from feral predators we hope this will have a impact and give numbers a boost across their range. The numbat is an iconic WA threatened species whose decline and recovery is linked to feral cat and fox predation. Numbats feed exclusively on termites and are diurnal, unlike most Australian mammals, and can be seen during the day as they search for the 20,000 termites they need to sustain themselves. Numbats were once found across more than 50% of Australia. The species is now confined to less than 1% of the mainland and the numbat population has now dropped to less than 1,000 individual animals (there are less numbats than giant pandas in the world).
Numbat Task Force member Robert McLean Says "Through this collaboration this project will monitor numbat populations in nature reserves in Western Australia’s wheatbelt region to establish the population dynamics in these reserves. The project will use camera traps spaced out over the area for a period of at least 2 years to monitor numbat population trends and distribution to help evaluate the effectiveness of conservation actions. These parks contain up to 5 species of threatened mammals that will also benefit from the field work. These funds enable us to monitor and help DBCA on a voluntary basis."
President Global Wildlife Conservation- Don Church says “GWC recognises Australia and especially South-Western Western Australia as a biodiversity hotspot. More is needed to prevent further extinctions. Australian fauna is unique and in desperate need conservation outcomes. We are committed to protecting species most in need worldwide"