Great news! We are thrilled to be conducting our second Science Safari to wild & wonderful Dirk Hartog Island in October 2018 with our friends at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (formerly DPaW).
We had originally thought that a second Science Safari to this remote destination with the Department’s highly professional team of scientists, researchers & conservationists wouldn’t be possible until 2019, but plans have changed & we’re ecstatic that we are now able to offer this unique interactive wildlife experience again later this year! We hope you are, too! If you missed out on last year’s DHI adventure, get your name down early for this one!
On this hands-on eco-experience, participants will have the opportunity to assist scientists and researchers to monitor the island’s fragile ecosystem and help restore it to its former glory. Activities will include trapping, processing, and recording a range of native animals that still populate the island and some which have been translocated to their new home. You’ll also have time to explore the island’s many attractions, go beachcombing or do a spot of fishing!
Situated in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area in northwestern WA, Dirk Hartog Island recently celebrated 400 years of European ‘discovery’. The island has since served as a sheep station, a base for fishermen and pearlers, a tourism attraction and a popular recreational fishing spot. Over the years, settlers and lighthouse keepers introduced goats, sheep and cats to the formerly pristine environment. Many of these animals have since become feral and eliminated ten species of native mammals and at least one bird species.
Our Science Safari will support a long-term project known as "Return to 1616" which is rehabilitating the State’s largest island and returning it to its former ecological condition by eliminating these feral pests and replacing them with indigenous species.
The tour will be led by Jeremy Perks & catered by our experienced Safari Hostess. It begins & ends at Hamelin Pool & we will have one base camp on the island. Partial proceeds will be donated to DBCA to support their important ongoing conservation and rehabilitation work on Dirk Hartog.
Self-drivers will travel in a small 'tag-along' convoy led by our expert guide; they will need a robust 4WD vehicle with two-way radio and either a roof-top tent, ground tent or robust off-road camper trailer to participate. Two passenger seats are also available in the escort vehicle (includes camping gear, catering & transport). Numbers are strictly limited.
Don’t miss out on this awesome back to nature experience & do your bit for the environment!