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There’s a celebrity in town! Frankie Australia’s famous rescue numbat relocates for a new life in Sydney

December 16, 2020 Attraction No Comments

 ZooKeepers and guests at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo were star struck last week when one of Australia’s cutest celebrities was spotted leaping over branches and climbing small tree stumps – it was Frankie the famous rescue numbat!

As domestic border restrictions continued to ease last week, the 490-gram rescue marsupial made a nine-hour journey from Perth Zoo to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour where he quietly slipped in late at night and settled into his new home.

Although new to Sydney, Frankie is no stranger to locals who first heard of the numbat in 2016 when he was found abandoned and separated from his mother. The then barely seven-month-old was taken into the care of Western Australian community group Project Numbat and shortly after adopted and raised by specialists at Perth Zoo.

Fast-forward four years and Frankie was healthy, happy and ready for a new adventure, so he set off to complete his first domestic flight to Sydney. His successful journey ended with him stepping into the new Tricky Tongues and Treetop habitat, a split space with one side designed specifically for Frankie’s needs and the other for Kofi the Tree Kangaroo who arrived last month.

On the east coast, he is the only numbat that can be found inside a zoo in Sydney, which means he will play an important role in raising awareness and educating visitors on the endangered status of numbats and their critically low numbers in the wild.

“There are less than 1,000 numbats left in the wild,” said Melanie Higgins, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo ZooKeeper. “We’re really excited to have Frankie as a new addition to our family and give visitors the chance to learn about this beautiful Western Australian species right in the heart of Darling Harbour.”

Perth Zoo’s Supervisor of Zoology, Cathy Lambert, said: “Frankie’s life story, thus far has been an adventurous one. Orphaned, raised by zoologists and now graduating from Perth Zoo to be the first numbat on display in Sydney. He is a true ambassador for his species and we hope will shine a light on Western Australia’s endangered fauna emblem. ”

Frankie and his fellow numbats are native to Western Australia where they are classified as endangered due to habitat loss and invasive predators such as cats and foxes. Community groups such as Project Numbat were established to raise awareness of the numbat and carry out conservation work such as habitat management and population monitoring. Last week, the species was re-introduced to fenced communities in South Australia and NSW where they haven’t been seen in the wild for more than 100 years.

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