Australia has a new national park focused on protecting local animals – nature

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Dryandra Woodland National Park is located in Western Australia, 180 kilometers southeast of Perth. It is the first national park in the Wheatbelt region dominated by agriculture. In the past, the landscape here featured eucalyptus and other native plant and tree species, but since the 1890s they have been largely removed to make way for agriculture. Driandra Woodland is a piece of nature as it once seemed. The fragmented national park consists of 17 pieces of forest with a total area of ​​28,000 hectares. It is only seven percent of the original forest.

Many different species of native fauna live in this area, they are endangered due to habitat loss and domestic cats and foxes. This concerns, for example, mammals like the numbat, the common opossum, the black-tailed sable, the short-nosed pennecote, the short-tailed kangaroo, the brush-tailed kangaroo, the wallaby and birds like the nightingale , the short-billed raven cockatoo and the Australian. Curling, creeping donkeys and temperature birds. In total, there are 24 species of mammals, 98 species of birds and 41 species of reptiles in the region. In addition, special trees and plants such as eucalyptus, casuarina, congan and beautiful wildflowers grow.

Foxes and house cats were removed from the area, which made a huge difference to the numbs in particular. In total, there are still about 800 to 1,000 left in the wild. In Drayandra Woodland, the absence of cats and foxes caused this number to increase from just 5 in 2018 to 35 in 2020.

In Dryandra you can also learn about the culture of the indigenous Nungar people who lived here around 400,000 years ago. For example, the remains of an ancient clay kiln and cave paintings can be seen in the national park. This culture is at the heart of the Orchre Trail hiking trail. There are many other hiking trails in the park that range from 1.5 to 12.5 kilometers in length. In the middle of Dryandra is the Barna Mia Nature Reserve where you can see endangered animals in their own habitat. You can take part in a night walk where you can closely observe the nocturnal animals that live there.

You can spend the night in small cabins at the Dryandra Lions village or at the Congelin and Gnaala Mia campsites.

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