Mt Gibson supports a high diversity of wildlife including many birds that have declined significantly in the WA wheatbelt such as Malleefowl and Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, as well as Peregrine Falcon and Australian Bustard. The small mammal fauna includes four species of Dunnarts, two species of Hopping-mice and the Southern Ningaui. The reptile community features the iconic Perentie and Thorny Devil, as well as lesser-known species such as the endangered Western Spiny-tailed Skink.
Even the invertebrate communities are impressive: on one early biological survey, over 100 species of native bees were collected by the South Australian Museum and, of these, 50 species were new to science.
However, as with much of inland Australia, the region in which Mt Gibson is located has lost a high proportion of its original mammal fauna. Around half of the mammals that were originally found in the wheatbelt and adjacent arid zone have disappeared as a result of feral predators, loss of habitat and the effect of feral herbivores.
Mt Gibson is set to play a critical role in reversing this tide of extinctions. AWC is establishing a 7,800 hectare feral-free area (protected by a feral-proof fence) in which wild, self-sustaining populations of at least 10 mammal species will be re-established. The mammals to be reintroduced include the Bilby, the Numbat, the Banded Hare-wallaby, the Woylie and the Western Barred Bandicoot.
Click below to view the list of wildlife species at Mt Gibson:
Mammals List | Birds List | Reptiles List | Amphibians List | Threatened List