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Voluntouring Opportunity

By Jan Barrie

An opportunity to help golden bandicoots in north-western WA in May.

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In a new ‘voluntourism’ initiative between government and private enterprise, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and tour operator Global Gypsies are offering environmentally conscious holiday-makers the opportunity to assist DEC with its fauna research and monitoring projects while enjoying escorted and catered 4WD outback tours.

The “Science Safaris” to various DEC-managed parks and reserves will be coordinated by Global Gypsies while DEC will provide the scientific expertise to coordinate and supervise various tasks and assignments for tour participants. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to DEC’s Operation Rangelands Restoration project. Two safaris are scheduled this year in May and September.

The inaugural Science Safari will take place on May 14 – 23. A base camp will be established at Lorna Glen, a proposed conservation reserve in northwest Western Australia about 165 kms from Wiluna. The timing of the tour will coincide with DEC’s first release of golden bandicoots into the wild at Lorna Glen – a project with which the ‘voluntourists’ will be actively involved.

DEC scientific staff in charge of the release will be Keith Morris, Senior Principal Research Scientist and head of the Fauna Conservation Program, and Colleen Sims, Research Scientist. Tasks they will be assigning tour participants will include:


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