Mascot to make Woolorama debut

Sjanna SandalovaGreat Southern Herald

Wagin Landcare’s newest addition will have heads turning at the Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama 2018.

Phoebe the phascogale is a mascot with a cause and will appear for the first time at the 46th Woolorama.

She aims to promote and educate people about the endangered red-tail phascogale.

Wagin-Woodanilling Landcare natural resource manager Gen Harvey said a lot of locals, let alone those from other communities, don’t know what a phascogale is.

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The red-tail phascogale is an endangered carnivorous marsupial and is native to central and Western Australia.

“The population of the phascogale is reasonably healthy to some degree around Wagin and Woodanilling but outside of these areas, it’s extinct in some places where it used to be” Ms Harvey said.

“We’ve been generating a lot of interest through Phoebe and actually have people reaching out and asking to hire her to appear at events to promote and give general information about the phascogale.”

Ms Harvey, along with recognised biosecurity group officer Annabelle Garratt, will take turns in wearing the costume and entertaining on the day, while the other person educates.

“This year we wanted to do something on our own as Wagin Landcare, mainly to promote local floral and fauna and our phascogale is one of the main things,” she said.

“Landcare is traditionally seen as planting trees, but we do a whole lot of other landcare things as well — like educational things with the community.”

“We are very excited to have Phoebe at Woolorama for the first time, she’s such a hit with the kids, and even the adults.”

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