Historic translocation establishes new population of endangered Numbats
- Mt Gibson | Scotia
- Field Programs
- Wildlife translocations | Feral cat and fox control
Jan 2016: AWC has completed a historic translocation of Numbats from the largest feral cat-free area in Australia (Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary) to the second largest cat-free area in Australia (Mt Gibson). This is the first translocation of Numbats back to Western Australia and is a critical step in preventing the extinction of this endangered species.
Nine Numbats were airlifted from Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary in western NSW and released within Mt Gibson’s 7,800 ha feral predator-free area earlier this week. The Numbat has an estimated population of less than 1,000 mature individuals and is declining, primarily due to predation by feral cats and foxes.
This is the first translocation in a series of proposed Numbat translocations to Mt Gibson. Working with the WA Government and Perth Zoo, AWC will establish a genetically diverse founder population, which is expected to grow to around 240 Numbats – increasing the global Numbat population by almost 25%!
AWC ecologists are radio-tracking each Numbat daily to monitor the success of the translocation.
For more information on this project and how you can help save the Numbat, click here.