Thursday, April 16, 2009

2009 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People

  • Do you have an innovative idea that will boost Australia's rural industries?
  • Do you need up to $50,000 for make your idea reality?
  • Do you want to kick start your career and build professional networks?
  • Do you want media training to help promote your ideas?

For more information and to download an application form, visit or the Science Awards Manager on 02 6272 5039.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Animalwatch bucketlist #1 Numbat

New regular segment, as inspired by Garbutt et al (2007) “100 animals to see before they die”.

Myrmecobius fasciatus
• Walpurti
• Banded Anteater

Under 25 words:
A colourful 20-30cm marsupial found in Western Australia with a pointed muzzle and bushy tail, their days are synchronised with their main food source termites.

To see a Numbat …

By car…
1) Drive 12 hr 33 min (1150km) from Usyd through Sturt Hwy to Scottia Sanctuary (south of Broken Hill, near the border of SA/NSW)
By plane
2) $199 one-way to Perth 2hr, hire a car ~$30, drive to Perth Zoo, $16 entrance,
Total cost ~$450

If you have taken a photo of a Numbat, please email it to so we can tick it off the appendix bucketlist!

By Quintin Lau