View through forest of Jarrah Eucalyptus marginata and Marri Corymbia (Eucalyptus) calophylla with understorey of grasstree Xanthorrhoea and a diverse flora, at Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Perth Hills, Western Australia, a refuge for endangered species of native marsupial by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Karakamia Sanctuary

Karakamia was initially established by  Martin Copley, and became Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s first wildlife sanctuary. Covering 268 hectares in the Jarrah Forest Bioregion, Karakamia is surrounded by a special purpose conservation fence and is completely feral predator-free. In the absence of foxes and cats, Karakamia hosts one of the most significant remaining wild populations of the critically endangered Woylie.

The property contains a diversity of habitats – such as Jarrah forest and Marri and Wandoo woodland – supporting a high number of bird and reptile species. There are important populations of the Tammar Wallaby, Quenda and the Common Brushtail Possum. The critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum has also been reintroduced to Karakamia and persists as a small population.

As well as playing an active role in the conservation of threatened mammals, Karakamia hosts a public education program. AWC staff take guided nocturnal walks, introducing guests to some of the fauna that populated the area nearly 200 years ago, before the arrival of feral predators – a bush that was alive with small mammals such as the Woylie!

Find more information at Australian Wildlife Conservancy – Karakamia.