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. Until 2013, 176 Numbats had been provided by the Zoo to the Department of Environment and Conservation for release into protected habitats. Over this time, research has been carried out into the physiological specialisations, visual capabilities and growth and development of the young by university students and staff members.
A predator awareness training program has also been developed to enhance the chances of survival of young released into the wild. The Native Species Breeding Program also breeds a number of other threatened Western Australia animals for release, such as Western Swamp Tortoise and Dibbler.
Numbats bred at Perth Zoo have been translocated to eight reserves where they once occurred in the south-west of Western Australia.