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Melinda Barton
Melinda Barton
Pungalina-Seven Emu
Assistant Sanctuary Manager - Pungalina
Special skills / qualifications
I enjoy living in remote, isolated places in preference to living "in town"; there is never a shortage of things to do, places to go.
What did you do before AWC?
As many adventures as possible - lived on a few islands, lived on remote National Parks, ran a bakery, home schooled my children, worked in boring banks and retail shops.
Favourite animal protected by AWC
The beautiful Gouldian Finch, which I've only seen once in the wild.
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
Pungalina's bubbling sands.
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
I've seen the Buff-sided robin from the house veranda at Pungalina; can't wait to see a Carpentarian Pseudantechinus. Like to see African wildlife at home.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
Africa's Serengeti, to enjoy the wild experience; Wales Aberystwyth, where some rellies came from; and the rest of Australia that I haven't already seen.