Perth Zoo’s Native Species Breeding Program
Numbats can be seen on display at Perth Zoo.
Perth Zoo has been breeding Numbats for release into the wild since 1986. Since 1993, over 230 Numbats have been provided by the Perth Zoo to the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy for release into protected habitats. Over this time, research has been carried out into the physiological specialisations, visual capabilities, growth and development of the young by university students and staff members and their survival in the wild. Project Numbat has funded over 150 numbat tracking collars since 2013 which has greatly assisted this research.
The Perth Zoo Native Species Breeding Program also breeds a number of other threatened Western Australia animals for release, such as Western Swamp Tortoise and Dibbler. Read more about these programs at the Perth Zoo here.