Captain Numbat, the face of our Hotspot Heroes initiative, was a hit at the marsupial’s first public appearance.
As part of Biodiversity Month, the after-school care program at St Joseph’s School (run by Extend) invited us along to talk about our work across the Wheatbelt. We thought it was a great opportunity to introduce Captain Numbat and help our local littlies learn more about the unique environment that they are part of.
Captain Numbat met around 25 St Joseph’s students ranging from kindy kids, through to late primary school-aged children. We talked about the importance of looking after our local environments, learned about the threats that feral animals pose to native species and discussed small changes that families can make at home to help biodiversity.
There was also a spirited discussion around what everyone’s biodiversity superpower might be and how we could all help Captain Numbat in protecting the Wheatbelt special environment.
Following our chat, everyone made their way over to the craft table to make up their own Hotspot Hero name and create a mask to fit that persona. There was some amazing designs such as ‘Native Girl’ whose mask is decorated with iconic Matchstick Banksia and ‘Fire Boy’ who uses his superpower to safely regenerate native plants.
The visit ended with the kids inventing a game called, “Hotspot Heroes” where they used their superpowers to chase away feral animals and save the region’s numbats.
Thank you to Ardina, the Extend team and – of course – the wonderful Hotspot Heroes who made us and Captain Numbat feel so welcome. We look forward to seeing our newest recruits at a Hotspot Heroes event soon.
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