This Threatened Species Day, Perth Zoo is celebrating the birth of 13 endangered Numbat joeys!

As part of the collaborative breeding program with our colleagues in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Perth Zoo Science staff have been closely monitoring these new arrivals.

The young are living behind-the-scenes in our breeding facility, and their cute, fuzzy charm is sure to capture your heart!

But this milestone represents so much more than just adorable baby animals. With less than 2000 of these iconic marsupials estimated remaining in the wild, every individual born makes an important difference to the species.

Three of these joeys are being hand-raised by our expert animal carers after one of the mothers was showing signs of mismothering. Under the watchful eyes of our zookeepers and veterinary teams, these joeys are being given round the clock care to help them grow big and strong.

Thanks to the passion and dedication of the team, the Numbat babies will be released into safe wild habitat at the end of the year.


  • Perth Zoo is the only zoological institution in the world that breeds numbats.
  • Since the first successful breeding in 1993, 294 zoo-born numbats have been released into the wild in habitats through WA, SA and NSW.
  • Numbats are insectivores and eat an exclusive diet of termites – an adult can eat up to 20,000 termites each day!