In our Biodiversity Gallery, you can get up close and personal with some of our local flora and fauna. The SW region of WA is regarded as one of the world’s biodiversity “hotspots”. Local bushland surrounding the centre is inhabited by rare, wonderful and endangered species of plants and animals. The gallery aims to celebrate the rich diverstity of plant and animal species in the area.
Insect specimens such as this Native Bee, have been submersed in resin for you to view under microscope. Samples of local wildflowers are also captured for examination and display. We encourage visitors and school students to become a biologist for a day, by investigating the plant and animal samples in the Biodiversity Gallery in greater detail!
Sixty-five identified wildflowers have been photographed for viewing in the gallery and there are collections of insects, butterflies and other creepy crawley’s to inspect. Microscopes help to see the details of a range of plants, leaves, seeds, small insects and other interesting bits and pieces provided by the GDC & Observatory bushland.
For a ‘wow’ moment we have a cast of a skull of the Trilobus, one of the largest marsupials to have lived. This particular specimen was located in Yanchep National Park and is believed to have lived 50,000 years ago.
There is a series of posters about how the Noongar culture connected to nature and some Aboriginal artifacts. The Biodiversity Gallery helps us to display information that encourages and understanding of environmental sustainability and make some links to the worlds oldest living culture that deepens our knowledge.
Short Biodiversity Walks around the site enable you to view the diversity of plant species in a pleasant short stroll. Ancient paperbark trees, aging back to between 800 and 1000 years old exist in the area beside the Leaning Tower.