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Wildlife of the Perth Hills – up close at the DRB

13 October 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Tawny Frogmouth at Toodyay by Rachel Green
Tawny Frogmouth at Toodyay by Rachel Green
Echidna in the Perth Hills by Rachel Green
Echidna in the Perth Hills by Rachel Green
Red-tailed black cockatoos in the Perth Hills by Rachel Green
Red-tailed black cockatoos in the Perth Hills by Rachel Green

Tonight is a special night of interest to adults and children alike. Not only do we have two top speakers on “Wildlife in the Perth Hills: Their lives, adaptations and differences” but you will be able to get up close and personal with some of the animals they are bringing. Thanks to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, you will be able to see a live Red-tailed black cockatoo, an Echidna, a Tawny Frogmouth, a Bearded Dragon and at least one other “mystery” animal.

Also, you will be able to learn the difference between a rat and a quenda. Why is this important? Because people keep getting the two confused and this can lead to drastic consequences. The City of Kalamunda says it is a big problem for them as they get called out frequently for rats when they are quendas. At Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre they have people bringing rats to their hospital under the assumption they are quendas; and at the same time they receive quendas which have been poisoned because people think they are rats. Our speakers will bring a taxidermy rat and a taxidermy quenda so you can see the differences for real.


  1. Audrey Boon, a member of the DRB Nats and a wildlife carer at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. She has been volunteering with Kanyana both in the hospital and with Education since early 2010 and coordinates the Outreach or External visits from Kanyana to schools and a variety of other venues
  2. Chris Todd, a wildlife carer at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been volunteering for 8/9 years since retiring from teaching and coordinates incoming visits from schools and other organisations into Kanyana.

PLUS: Additional speaker: Andrew Wallace, one of our youngest members (age 10) will be giving a short talk (5-8 minutes) on Arachnids, including his favourites: spiders and scorpions.

PLUS: We hope to welcome teachers and students from a school we are partnering with – to be confirmed – and give them a presentation of natural history equipment bought from the bequest left to us for education by the Harper Sisters.

Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as it will be a popular night and we start promptly. We are open from 7pm.

Venue: Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda

Level: This will be suitable to families, members and visitors with both an advanced and limited knowledge of wildlife, to anyone living in the Perth hills, and to both children and adults.

Donation: We invite a donation of $3.00 per person for adult members and $0.00 for child members, and $5.00 per adult visitor and $1.00 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits!

Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.

Bookings: Bookings not required. Come early to get a seat at the front though as this will be a popular night. Doors open at 7pm.

Please note: There will not be the usual “Nature road show”, although members and visitors may still bring items to place on the display table.

Parking: Free parking outside in the well-lit carpark.

Library: We have a library of top books on Natural History for loan to members, which will be open on the night for visitors and members to browse.

Enquiries: Call Rachel on the DRB phone on 0436 448 647 if you have any questions about the night.

Membership: We encourage you to become a member to support the work the DRB Nats do in inspiring people to love and understand our precious natural history in the Perth Hills, click here for full details. Please indicate DRB on your membership when given a choice of the branches or Main Club, thank you!



13 October 2017
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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Rachel Green: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au ph: 0436-448-647


Rachel Green
"Wildlife in the Perth Hills: Their lives, adaptations and differences".


Jorgensen Park Pavilion
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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