Project Numbat Committee

Our Annual General Meeting was held on 20 August 2019 and the following nominations were received. Please welcome our new Committee Members!




ADAM CROSS - PRESIDENT. Adam is a restoration ecologist who studies the repair of degraded landscapes and the drivers of community resilience to environmental change, and has authored over 40 scientific papers, books and book chapters. Adam has loved numbats since childhood, and joined Project Numbat in 2018 to help preserve this unique species.


EMILY SAFE - VICE PRESIDENT. Emily joined the Project Numbat committee in 2017, bringing with her seven years of experience as an environmental regulator. She has a passion for the protection and preservation of Western Australia's unique biodiversity, and joined Project Numbat in order to apply this passion to the conservation of our state's faunal emblem. In her spare time, Emily also runs a business promoting and educating people about ecological sustainability and the use of environmentally suitable product alternatives.

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Karen (Centre) representing Project numbat along with Perth Zoo and PARKS AND WILDLIFE staff at the 2014 Numbat release AT DRYANDRA WOODLAND.

Karen (Centre) representing Project numbat along with Perth Zoo and PARKS AND WILDLIFE staff at the 2014 Numbat release AT DRYANDRA WOODLAND.

KAREN CAVANOUGH. A love of wildlife led Karen to a variety of studies including a degree in conservation & wildlife biology, a postgraduate degree in captive vertebrate management, as well as certificates in veterinary nursing and captive animals. She joined the Committee in 2013 to assist in raising awareness and conservation efforts for WA's unique mammal emblem.  Karen is fortunate to work at Perth Zoo in the Native Species Breeding Program with our beloved numbats and other endangered WA species. In addition to Project Numbat, she also volunteers at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and for the Turtle Oblonga Rescue and Rehabilitation Network. Karen has previously volunteered locally at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre and Caversham Wildlife Park; as well as overseas with Free the Bears in Cambodia, Animals Asia in China, the Orangutan Health Network in Sumatra and Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand.


JO DREW. Jo has always had a passion for animals and anything involving nature, in particular marine environments. She studied Zoology and Botany at UWA and then completed a teaching qualification to specialise in teaching Primary Science. She has taught as a Primary Science Teacher for twenty years and has specialised in Biology and Sustainability Education. She was extremely fortunate to be employed by Perth Zoo as a Discovery and Learning Officer in 2017. With her children growing up, she had more time to volunteer and wanted to assist with helping local endangered species. She had heard of Project Numbat and their amazing work and dedication through the Zoo and so decided to volunteer in the area of education. Jo also volunteers for Mandurah Wildlife Rescue, Estuary Guardians and Seabird Rescue in Mandurah. She is looking forward to volunteering out in the field and seeing her first numbat in the wild!

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SHELLEY HILL. Shelley grew up with two Vets for parents, which fostered a strong love for all animals. However she chose to take this down a different path, to save and protect our amazing native wildlife. She studied Conservation Biology and Environmental Science in her undergraduate degree, and followed this with a Masters in Conservation Biology, which gave her a strong knowledge of Western Australia’s flora and fauna, and some amazing hands-on experience with their monitoring and conservation. Shelley is now trying to find where she belongs in the conservation world and where she could do the most good, and this search brought her right to Project Numbat. She joined in her first drive survey in November 2018, and between the thrill of numbat spotting and the vast love for and knowledge of numbats held by those who study them, this became her most enjoyable volunteering experience. She joined the Committee immediately after, and is undertaking the role of Media Officer to combine her like for writing with raising awareness for the numbat. Shelley loves being able to share her appreciation for the numbat with the community, and seeing the effect it can have when this awareness bands people together to help. In addition, Shelley works out in the field in environmental management to help improve and preserve our urban areas of natural habitat.

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CHLOE KARAFILIS-BROWN. Chloe has always had a strong passion for wildlife and their conservation. Growing up in a household that sparked this desire to learn more about the natural world, led Chloe to chase a career in wildlife conservation. Currently in her third year of a Zoology degree at the University of New England with hopes to move forward in her studies by undertaking honours. Chloe has an interest in animal behaviour and ecology, particularly with wild canids and native species such as the chuditch and of course the numbat. Very much at the start of her conservation journey, Chloe has been involved in various surveys and environmental projects including her involvement with the UNE Zoological Society, Malleefowl, and Project Eden in Shark Bay. She is excited to be involved in the next chapter of Project Numbat and hopes to lend a helping hand in protecting the species.

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AMY ROBEY. Growing up with parents who rehabilitated injured wildlife, Amy has always had an interest in conservation. For a number of years after school however, she could not figure out what to do with her passion. Amy decided to go to university and in mid 2015 graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Conservation Biology (Honors).  During and since her studies Amy has done as much volunteer fieldwork as possible and has been lucky enough to be involved in a range of fauna trapping projects in areas such as the Pilbara, Dryandra Woodland, Rottnest Island, Busselton and Manjimup.  Amy has previously volunteered for a number of organisations including WWF, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation and Native Animal Rescue. These opportunities allowed her to lend her skills to important not-for-profit organisations whilst learning about different industries and gaining additional skills. She now works for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Amy joined Project Numbat in order to help out a worthy cause and in the hope that it would allow her to see a numbat in the wild - she has now seen three!


MICHAEL WILLIAMS. Michael has been passionate about protecting our threatened species since a young age, such as trying to find Quendas at his high school. Michael graduated from Murdoch University after studying Conservation and Wildlife Biology and has since volunteered with the AWC, WWF and DBCA with native mammal trapping programs. He now works in the mining sector as an environmental scientist, which includes field trips to the Pilbara on Northern Quolls and Ghost Bats. Michael has been a long-time follower of Project Numbat and is excited to join the Project Numbat Committee and help protect our special WA fauna emblem.