Numbats translocated to AWC's Scotia Sanctuary in NSW from Perth Zoo
December 2011: Thirteen young adult Numbats were airlifted from Perth Zoo to AWC’s Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary in western NSW today, Tuesday 13 December.
Perth Zoo has the only captive breeding centre for Numbats in Australia. After flying commercially from Perth to Adelaide, the Numbats boarded a charter flight with AWC Regional Ecologist, Matt Hayward, for the flight direct to Scotia.
Currently listed as Vulnerable, most populations of Numbats are in decline as a result of cat and fox predation and there is a proposal to list the species as Critically Endangered. However, the Scotia population is increasing, providing some rare good news for the species. The Perth Zoo Numbats will be released into Stage 2 of Scotia’s feral predator-free area.
The translocation is also supported by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation and the Numbat Recovery Team.
Click here to read the media statement by the Environment Minister Bill Marmion.
Photo: One of the radio-collared Numbats destined for Scotia Sanctuary