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Dibbler Project

For years, Perth Zoo has bred Dibblers for release into predator safe Department of Parks and Wildlife managed areas on islands and the mainland. A new population has been established on Escape Island in Jurien Bay.

The Dibbler is one of the world’s rarest mammals and was believed to be extinct for more than 50 years until a chance rediscovery in 1967. The Dibbler is threatened by loss of habitat and introduced predators. 

How Does Perth Zoo Help Save the Dibbler?

Perth Zoo has supported and partnered with the Department of Parks and Wildlife as part of its Native Species Breeding Program.

The Zoo is breeding Dibblers to increase knowledge about them and to provide animals for release into predator safe, Department of Parks and Wildlife managed areas on islands and the mainland. The first successful captive breeding of the Dibbler was in 1997 and the first release took place in 1998.

Since then, over 750 dibblers have been released in to the wild.

What Does My Donation Go Towards?

One hundred percent of your tax deductible donation will help protect wildlife as Perth Zoo covers all donation administration costs. General donations to Perth Zoo help us in our goal towards saving wildlife, including through our Native Species Breeding program.

Learn more about Dibblers here.