Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Mt Gibson Sanctuary

Mt Gibson
Mt Gibson Sanctuary
Area
130,500 ha (322,470 acres)
Bioregion
Avon-Wheatbelt
Wildlife
  • Mammals: 18
  • Birds: 125
  • Reptiles: 48
  • Amphibians: 6
Threatened Wildlife
At least 6 species, including:
  • Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
  • Malleefowl
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Square-tailed Kite
Plants
At least 500 species
Threatened Plants
At least 18 species
Ecosystems
13
Threatened Ecosystems
10
Ecosystems Not Protected in National Parks
Assessment underway
Ecosystems Inadequately Protected in National Parks

Assessment underway

(<5% OF AREA PROTECTED)

Major On-Ground Programs
  • Biodiversity surveys and monitoring
  • Conservation of priority species (Malleefowl)
  • Feral animal control (foxes, goats)
  • Fire management
  • Visitors` programs

Mt Gibson sanctuary covers 130,500 ha of largely pristine semi-arid ecosystems in the mid-west of Western Australia. Importantly, it lies on a transitional vegetation zone called the ‘mulga-eucalypt line’ straddling two major bioregions; the arid Eremean botanical province to the north and the mesic south-west botanical province to the south. The sanctuary has a highly variable topography, and when combined with this strategic location, the result is an extremely high diversity of flora and fauna.

The sanctuary has outstanding conservation values of national significance, which include:

  • A remarkable 13 vegetation associations, all of which are either not represented or are inadequately represented in current government conservation reserves.
  • Vegetation that is indicative of the largely cleared Avon Wheatbelt bioregion and is therefore an important repository of now rare wheatbelt flora, with 18 declared rare or priority species.
  • Over 55,000 ha of magnificent eucalypt woodlands, including Salmon Gum, York Gum and Gimlet communities.
  • In excess of 500 species of plant are likely to occur.

Priority management actions at Mt Gibson include:

  • Control of feral goats
  • Staged removal of sheep
  • Fire management
  • Fox control
  • Malleefowl monitoring program
  • Identification and protection of rare and priority flora
  • Weed control

Read about the Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project