A biodiversity hotspot
Here one finds more than 6,000 species of native plants and 100 native mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles, making the region a biodiversity "hotspot".
Regional wildlifeThe numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), quokka (Setonix brachyurus), western swamp tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina) and Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) are just some of the endangered wildlife unique to region.
Sea lions, southern right whales, great white sharks and many other marine species are found off the southwest coast in the waters of the Indian and Southern oceans.
Where is the Southwest Australia region?
The Southwest Australia region is highlighted in red below:
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Threats and solutions
WWF has joined forces with local communities, NGOs, research centres, business and government agencies to develop an ecoregional approach to biodiversity conservation in southwest Australia through a number of large-scale conservation projects and programmes.