Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Karakamia Sanctuary

Karakamia Sanctuary
275 ha (680 acres)
Swan Coastal Plain
  • Mammals: 18
  • Birds: 106
  • Reptiles: 24
  • Amphibians: 9
Threatened Wildlife
At least  15 species, including:
  • Brush-tailed Bettong (Woylie)
  • Numbat
  • Quokka
  • Tammar Wallaby
At least 250 species
Threatened Plants
Assessment underway
Threatened Ecosystems
Assessment underway
Ecosystems Not Protected in National Parks
Assessment underway
Ecosystems Inadequately Protected in National Parks


Assessment underway

Major On-Ground Programs
  • Biodiversity research (Woylie, Quenda)
  • Biodiversity surveys and monitoring
  • Dieback control
  • Feral animal control (foxes, feral cats, rabbits)
  • Fire management
  • Revegetation & rehabilitation
  • Threatened species reintroductions
  • Weed control
  • Visitors` programs

Karakamia sanctuary covers 275 ha of Jarrah forest in the southwest of Western Australia, less than 50 km from Perth. Established in 1991, Karakamia sanctuary was the first property acquired by AWC, initiating the vision to make an active on the ground contribution to the conservation of Australia's native wildlife.

A primary goal of the project is to re-establish the medium-sized mammals that have either declined significantly in the region, or have become regionally extinct. The key to the success of this restoration project has been the protection and effective management of critical habitat, and the exclusion of all feral animals. A 9 km vermin-proof fence around the entire property has provided a home for the:

  • Brush-tailed Bettong (Woylie)
  • Southern Brown Bandicoot (Quenda)
  • Tammar Wallaby
  • Quokka
  • Numbat
  • Western Ringtail Possum.

A unique feature of Karakamia sanctuary is that it contains all the key habitats found within the Jarrah forest vegetation complex, including the Jarrah forest itself, Marri woodland, Wandoo woodland, granitic heathlands and shrublands, and riparian (river) zones. Over 260 species of plants are known to occur on the sanctuary.

Karakamia sanctuary supports viable populations of a range of threatened species that are now able to be used to restore populations at other appropriately managed sites. Brush-tailed bettongs and southern brown bandicoots have been sourced from Karakamia sanctuary for translocations to other areas, including over 200 woylies to a range of Western Australian National Parks.

The sanctuary is home to 24 reptiles, 9 frogs and over 100 birds, including the rare forest sub-species of the magnificent Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (or ‘Karak'), from which the sanctuary derives its name.

An educational visitor program is well established at Karakamia sanctuary and many people have now enjoyed an evening spotlighting tour focussing on the management of threatened species.