Numbat Pip settles into life in NSW zoo
A numbat will feature in a New South Wales zoo for the first time.
Pip from the Perth Zoo’s Numbat Breeding Program, which traces back to numbat populations in the Dryandra Woodland, made the trip over to the Australian Reptile Park at the end of January.
Park general manager Tim Faulkner said the numbat was one of his favourite animals.
“Her name is Pip and she’s a non-breeding numbat now, essentially retired,” he said.
“It’s with great pride to say it’s the first time we’ve been lucky to ever hold a numbat at the reptile park.
“It’s been a passionate cause of mine, it’s one of my and my family’s favourite animals and it’s quite a significant thing for the staff here to be a part of.
“Many people have been to Dryandra, including me and have looked for and seen numbats.”
Mr Faulkner commended the conservation efforts of WA groups such as Project Numbat, the Numbat Task Force and the Department Of Biodiversity, Conservation And Attractions’ Dr Tony Friend.
“She (Pip) is certainly is a little ambassador, but that goes beyond for our visitors being here, itgoes towards our conservation messaging through our social channels and website,” Mr Faulkner said.
“For everyone that sees her, they’re blown away and the most common thing they say is ‘I had no idea they were so small.
“To have this little creature from the other side of the continent, with all its unique aspects, the staff have just been fascinated.”
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