The Zoo’s Native Species Breeding Program has enjoyed a successful year breeding Western Australia’s state mammal emblem, the Numbat. Fourteen babies born to four females made 2011 one of the best years for Numbat breeding at the Zoo.
“One of the exciting things about this year’s breeding season was one of the mothers was the Numbat on display in the exhibit. This was the first time we’ve had a female on exhibit fall pregnant,” says Numbat keeper Dani Jose.
“We moved her off-display before she deposited her young so that we could keep a closer eye on her.”
As part of recovery efforts for this endangered species, Perth Zoo breeds Numbats for release by the Department of Environment and Conservation into protected habitat in WA’s south-west.
The Numbats are usually released in December each year. Since 1993, more than 160 Numbats bred at Perth Zoo have been released into protected habitat.
These photos were taken when the Numbats were seven months old and had just been deposited in their burrow by their mother after being carried around on her teats since birth. Their eyes opened a few weeks later.