We are helping to save a species on the brink of extinction!
At Warrnambool West Primary School we are committed to instilling a sense of community awareness and compassion in our students. To us an important part of each students ‘whole education’ is about ensuring our students (and their families) embrace and live our school values—safe, supportive and inclusive.
For this reason we have decided to raise awareness and much needed funds to assist in the survival of a local, extremely endangered animal species.
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot was once widespread across grasslands and woodlands throughout western Victoria and South Australia. Now, sadly, this great little Aussie is now officially extinct the wild. They could simply not compete against feral cats and foxes and habitat loss.
However, there is hope. In the late 1980’s the last and only remaining population was found surviving in the Hamilton tip! Zoos Victoria stepped in and a captive breeding population was started. From this small family found in the tip, the numbers of Eastern Barred Bandicoots have increased to around 650 individuals.
The aim of Zoos Victoria and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team is to eventually return these beautiful animals to the wild. For this to happen safe habitat needs to be established-free of foxes and feral cats. This of course takes time, money, committed professionals and volunteers and community support and awareness.
Warrnambool West Primary School has joined Zoos Victoria in the fight to save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. We are determined to give our local little Aussie battler a great future. We have committed ourselves to becoming Extinction Fighters.
In 2016 we participated Zoo’s Victoria ‘Common Cent Challenge’. Together we raised an incredible $855! The largest amount that has ever been raised by a school!
In 2017 we continue to support this little ‘Aussie Digger’- Beards for Bandicoots. Three of our male staff member have graciously agreed to grow their beards for the year. Student, parents and local businesses are encouraged to pledge money per centimetre of beard growth. Families will also be collecting 5 cent coins.
Please visit these sites for more information on the Eastern Barred Bandicoot