Young West Australians can learn about threatened species and the conservation actions to help the animals recover with the release today of an expanded Western Shield Action Pack.
Launching the updated educational resource today at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said Western Shield was one of the biggest and most successful wildlife recovery programs undertaken in Australia.
"The Liberal National Government has been working to control the threat of foxes and feral cats and protect some of our State's most vulnerable native animals," Mr Jacob said
"This includes the woylie, Gilbert's potoroo, western ground parrot and western swamp tortoise, which are each listed as critically endangered.
"The Western Shield Action Pack helps teachers to increase students' awareness of the threat of introduced predators to native wildlife and the ongoing work to minimise this."
The resource is designed for Years 4-6 and was developed in line with curriculum learning area outcomes. It includes teachers' notes, classroom activities, work sheets and what students can do to help WA's native wildlife.
"Through education we can encourage a greater awareness of the need to conserve the State's precious native wildlife in a vital and practical way," the Minister said.
"To date, more than 108,000 students have participated in Western Shield school activities run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife."
Populations of 53 threatened mammal, bird and reptile species persist in Western Shield baited areas as a result of the program. Fox numbers within baited areas in the South-West have been reduced by at least 55 per cent, while across the State 37 new populations of threatened species have been established through Western Shield.
"Importantly, we are now integrating the bait Eradicat® to target feral cats as part of our regular operations in key areas of the State. Eradicat® has been trialled successfully in the arid zone and there have been some early positive signs from its use on the south coast with recovery of species like the quenda," Mr Jacob said.
Western Shield started under a Coalition Government in 1996
One million baits are laid each year across more than three million hectares managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
Western Shield is sponsored by Alcoa, Tronox and Western Areas NL
Minister's office - 6552 5800