The Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management publishes Wildlife Management Programs to provide detailed information and management actions for the conservation of threatened species of flora and fauna or of ecological communities, as well as harvested species of flora and fauna. This Western Swamp Tortoise Recovery Plan is the 3rd edition of Wildlife Management Program No. 11, published in 1994, which in turn was based on Wildlife Management Program No. 6, published in 1990. The 2nd edition covered work from January 1998 to December 2002.
Recovery Plans delineate, justify and schedule management actions necessary to support the recovery of threatened species and ecological communities. The attainment of objectives and the provision of funds necessary to implement actions is subject to budgetary and other constraints affecting the parties involved, as well as the need to address other priorities. Recovery Plans do not necessarily represent the views nor the official position of individuals or organisations represented on the Recovery Team. The Executive Director, Department of Conservation and Land Management, the Conservation Commission of Western Australia and the Minister for the Environment and Heritage have approved this Recovery Plan.
Approved Recovery Plans are subject to modification as dictated by new findings, changes in species’ status and completion of recovery actions.
Implementation of this Recovery Plan has been funded by the Western Australian Government through the Department and Perth Zoo and by the Commonwealth Government through the Endangered Species Program (now part of the Natural Heritage Trust). Additional funds and resources have been provided by The University of Western Australia’s Zoology Department, The School of Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University of Technology, the Western Australian Water Corporation, the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia, and several companies, conservation groups and schools. Without this support, the recovery of the Western Swamp Tortoise would not be as advanced as it is.
1. INTRODUCTION 10
1.1 Description and history of species 10
1.2 Distribution and abundance 10
1.2.1 Distribution 10
1.2.2 Population estimates 11
1.2.3 Habitat critical to the survival of the species 11