Project Numbat Committee

Positions Available

Project Numbat held its AGM on 16th October 2018. We still have some positions available that can be filled at any time.

By volunteering with Project Numbat you will be working with like minded people and in a well organised group while contributing to the long term awareness and protection of the Numbat; Western Australia's mammal emblem and an endangered species.

Are you interested in becoming a committee member? For more information about us see our 2017 Annual Report, Constitution and current committee positions available

Not sure you can commit to an entire role? then contact us and let us know how you can help at:


Tamara Wilkes-Jones

Tamara first became aware of numbats as a child watching the Nature of Australia documentaries, but living in Victoria meant she wasn't going to see one in the wild.

Her first sighting of a numbat was at Yookamurra sanctuary 2002 in South Australia now run by Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Her regular wild sightings became an addiction in 2007 soon after she moved to Western Australia predominately to experience the state's unique flora and fauna.

That day in 2007 was a 40+ degree day in the morning and in a Wandoo Woodland with little shade, friendly ticks and the only cool breeze provided by driving with the car window down, she was rewarded to see her first numbat on its hind legs on the side of road observing the surroundings. That's when her interest in numbats began and has continued to grow as she participates in Project Numbat, volunteers with Department of Parks and Wildlife, continues her woodland numbat experiences and inspires others to take an interest in the numbat.

Vice President

Emily Safe

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Jennie Carson

Jennie has always had a love of the outdoors and has spent many hours walking through the beautiful bush surrounding Perth and her homeland of Canada. 

Now that she has a young family, she is keen to set an example for her children and to give back to the environment that has provided her with so much enjoyment over the years.

In addition to her Treasurer role, she is our Merchandise Officer. Jennie is excited to help raise awareness about Project Numbat and to help ensure the Numbat population can one day thrive in their natural habitat.


Brian Hadwin

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Committee Members

Karen Cavanough

A love of wildlife led Karen to a variety of studies including degrees in conservation and wildlife biology and captive vertebrate management and certificates in captive animals and veterinary nursing.

Karen has been a Project Numbat member since 2010 and joined our Committee in 2013 to make a difference and to assist in the conservation of WA's unique mammal emblem.  Karen is fortunate to work at Perth Zoo as a Zookeeper within the Native Species Breeding Program working with our beloved numbats and other endangered WA species.

In addition to Project Numbat, Karen is a current volunteer at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and for the Turtle Oblonga Rescue and Rehabilitation Network. She previously volunteered locally at Caversham Wildlife Park and the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre; as well as overseas with the Orangutan Health Network (Sumatra), Wildlife Friends Foundation (Thailand), Free the Bears (Cambodia) and Animals Asia (China).

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 2014 graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Conservation Biology. She then decided that she wanted to develop her research skills further and re-enrolled in Honours, which she has recently completed. 

During her undergraduate degree Amy began to do as much volunteer fieldwork as possible and, to date, 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. Amy 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’ll allow her to see a numbat in the wild as she is yet to do this!

Adam Cross

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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 to Project Numbat, Shelley is a Research Assistant for the Science Program Leader at Perth Zoo, currently helping with projects on Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos.

Jo Drew

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