Glen Forrest Primary students helping save brush-tailed phascogale


A brush-tailed phascogale.
A brush-tailed phascogale.

CHILDREN at Glen Forrest Primary School helped plan a free workshop to support a tiny native animal as part of a leadership development project.

About 20 children, aged eight to 12, built seven homes for the brush-tailed phascogale, also known as the marsupial mouse.

The creatures are at risk of extinction in WA if their habitat continues to be lost.

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council hosted the September event in partnership with Millennium Kids.

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Brush-tailed phascogales live in small populations, breed and shelter in tree hollows and venture out at night.

They are at risk of attack from cats and foxes because they mainly hunt for food on the ground.

The project was part of the EMRC’s Bush Skills 4 Youth program to develop environmental stewards of the future.

EMRC chief executive Peter Schneider said the workshops helped children foster their environmental leadership skills.

“It is great to see children of all ages working to help endangered wildlife,” he said.

For upcoming workshops, visit www.emrc.org.au/bushskillsforyouth.html.