New ponds a hit with residents and carers

The Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise inspected the new prototype breeding tanks at the Perth Zoo in December, and gave them the thumbs up! The tanks, designed by Zoo staff, are at waist height for easy maintenance and handling of the reptiles, and have a special filtration system to…
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Kids love learning about their WA tortoise!

We have had several requests for information sessions about the Western Swamp Tortoise and Jan has roamed far and wide to tell the tortoise’s story. Some home-schooled children, whose parents teach them during the week, get together for environmental lessons, and were very curious about the tortoise at a recent…
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Tortoise’s champions feature on Stateline WA

It was an unexpected pleasure to see Gerald and Guundie Kuchling featured in a short item on Stateline last November. The feature focussed in part on the unusual situation of two European immigrants taking on the preservation of this uniquely West Australian animal. Most of you will realise that’s partly…
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Blue elephants help green tortoises!

On Saturday 21st July at the Chittering Landcare Centre ANZ bank presented a much-appreciated cheque for $10,600 to the Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise (FoWST) group. The money had been raised from the sale of blue elephant moneyboxes at the bank’s WA branches, through an initiative of WWF Australia,…
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Friends in the field

A large group of Friends attended Edgecombe Brothers Winery on Saturday 5th May to help erect the display shelter provided by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). When the job was completed we strolled to the Winery’s Lake Yakine at the rear of the property to see if there…
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FOWST wins third Community Conservation Grant

The Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise was delighted to receive its third Community Conservation Grant in three years, after applying to help the Perth Zoo build a prototype new Captive Breeding Tank. The Director of Animal Health and Research, in her letter of support for the application, said ‘The…
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Lack of rain a headache for the Zoo

The unseasonal climate of Perth this year, with a lack of rain, has caused a headache for the zoo, as the swamp habitat for the Western Swamp Tortoise has been unsuitable for the release of hatchlings. The swamps collected water very late in the season, and spring temperatures have meant…
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A bigger home for the Western Swamp Tortoise

The remaining habitat of the Western Swamp Tortoise got a boost in April with the addition of 7 hectares to the 67 hectare Ellen Brook Nature Reserve. The additions combined land transferred by the Midland Brick Company, the closing of a section of unmade road and the purchase of a…
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Students learn all about the Western Swamp Tortoise

I was privileged to visit a class of dedicated environmentalists at Ellenbrook Primary School for Threatened Species Day. Together with their teacher, Vicki Brockhoff, they had been learning about the Western Swamp Tortoise, and were delighted to see our photos of the animals and compare them with the web sites…
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