Jewel Cave and FAWNA team up for National Threatened Species Day

Jewel Cave assistant site manager Luke Barrett and FAWNA presdent Suzanne Strapp and four-month old western ringtail possums Kent, Nick and Sarah.
Jewel Cave assistant site manager Luke Barrett and FAWNA presdent Suzanne Strapp and four-month old western ringtail possums Kent, Nick and Sarah.

Get up close and personal with critically endangered baby western ringtail possums, along with some kangaroo joeys, on National Threatened Species Day at Jewel Cave.

National Threatened Species Day is celebrated across Australia to raise awareness about threatened animals, plants and ecoysystems, and how people can better protect threatened species into the future.

Jewel Cave assistant site manager Luke Barrett said they organised the day with Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA). because of the special connection the cave has with thylacines, which were declared extinct in 1986.

Mr Barrett said, in 1960, a man named Roger Howlett found the skeleton of a Tasmanian tiger in Jewel Cave, it is believed the animal fell through a solution pipe and became trapped in the cave.

Several other thylacine remains and preserved footprints were also found in the cave.

WA's southwest is one of 34 internationally recognised biodiversity hot spots in the world and has the highest concentration of rare and endangered species in Australia.

Half of the 8,000 plant species in the southwest are found no where else in the world.

Within the Augusta Margaret River Shire alone there are six threatened ecological communities, 69 rate priority flora species and 28 threatened fauna species.

Species currently at risk in this area include the western ringtail possum, white-bellied frog, Margaret River hairy marron, Carnaby's black cockatoo and Baudin's black cockatoo.

The special event at Jewel Cave will be held from from 10am until 2pm on Saturday September 7 with Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA).