Campaign aims for $20,000 to save species

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Jemima Barclay with her self made cheque for 533.10 presented to FAWNA President Suzanne Strapp
Camera IconJemima Barclay with her self made cheque for 533.10 presented to FAWNA President Suzanne Strapp Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

A GoFundMe page targeting $20,000 in donations is aiming to help University of WA researchers save orphaned and critically endangered western ringtail possums with pre-release aviaries.

The page has been set up by FAWNA Inc. in conjunction with the South West Catchment Council and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The funds raised will provide veterinary assessment, biometric studies and behavioural studies, with a minimum of 20 identical pre-release aviaries required for the five year study.

FAWNA member Jemima Barclay, her brother Solomon, and sister Ivy raised $533 for FAWNA over the course of the Busselton Fringe weekend, shaking a donation jar while wearing a possum costume.

Twelve-year-old Jemima also wore her FAWNA shirt with pride, answering questions from the public about possums, and telling the crowds they were fascinating.

“Australian animals need protection — if we don’t raise enough money they will become extinct,” she said. “I love all animals and I have been volunteering for more than six months.”

FAWNA president Suzanne Strapp said children like Jemima were the future of conservation efforts. “It’s wonderful to see children taking the initiative — their energy was amazing,” she said.

For more information or to donate, go to gofundme.com/criti cally-endangered-western-ring tail-possum

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