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Native animals vs ferals at the Perth Science Festival

Rangelands NRM teamed up with Perth NRM to have a stand at the Perth Science Festival the weekend of 18-19 August, as part of National Science Week.

Held at the Claremont Showgrounds in the Robinson Pavilion, the Festival had more than 60 hands-on activities, roving performers, native animals, competitions and science shows.

The event saw approximately 3000 people attend on Saturday and 4000 people on Sunday.

The Rangelands NRM stand was set up for visitors to learn all about endangered animals and threats on them in the rangelands – fire, feral animals and weeds.

Our stuffed toys were a huge hit and drew lots of kids in to learn more.

Visitors were asked to sort our toy animals into two boxes: native or feral animals.

“We were able to chat about the endangered animals and share some facts about them, as well as talk about what can impact them (fire, ferals and weeds),” Rangelands NRM Communications Manager Teresa Belcher said.

The stand also had over 200 entries for ‘name the malleefowl’.

“We chose ‘Mallory’ from the suggestions to name our Malleefowl,” Teresa said.

This suggestion came from Tracy and her daughter Audrey.

“Audrey and her grandmother Debbie were able to come in and receive the prize: a photography book and some Rangelands NRM goodies.”

Scitech is the key organiser of the Perth Science Festival, which is now in its fifth year.

(Top): Set up of the Rangelands NRM/Perth NRM stand (T.Belcher)
(Right): Audrey collects prizes for naming Mallory the Malleefowl (T.Belcher)