Some of the region’s rarest animals will come to life on display screen in a new documentary collection that goals to increase consciousness round environmental work serving to to save valuable species.
Esperance-based filmmaker Jennene Riggs has spent the previous three years creating net collection Rewilding the West which options actor and conservation volunteer George Shevtsov on a quest round WA serving to to save a few of the world’s rarest animals.
Riggs has captured Mr Shevtsov on a journey of discovery volunteering his time working with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions scientists who’re striving to save endangered wildlife from extinction.
Part of Mr Shevtsov’s journey took him to the Great Southern the place Riggs filmed the seize and launch of the Gilbert’s potoroo and noisy scrub chook.
Other species featured embody the dibbler, western floor parrot, rufous hare-wallaby and banded-hare wallaby.
Riggs mentioned she hoped to have the collection full by 2022 with the public ready to view the eight episodes free on the Riggs Australia YouTube channel and Facebook web page.
“As with all the films I make, I want to showcase how precious our native animals are and raise awareness of the amazing work that’s being done around our State to save endangered species, and to inspire others to get involved by volunteering their own time, or supporting the groups doing this work,” she mentioned.
Rewilding the West will put a highlight on Two Peoples Bay.
“The series will feature a few locations around Albany such as Bald Island, Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks and tell the remarkable story of the rediscovery of the noisy scrub bird and the Gilbert’s potoroo, both of which were thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered at Two Peoples Bay,” she mentioned.
Riggs has captured particular footage of the Gilbert’s potoroo — as soon as thought to be extinct till its rediscovery in 2015 — being caught on Bald Island in and launched onto Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago.
Several noisy scrub birds had been filmed as they had been captured on Bald Island then launched onto Mondrain Island additionally in the Recherche Archipelago off the south coast.
With greater than 20 years of expertise filming and producing documentaries, Riggs has principally taken on the venture solo.
“Sometimes my husband Dave comes along for a day to get the drone footage, I’ve been making natural history docos for many years so I know how to capture these sorts of field trips by myself,” she mentioned.
“You have to be very organised, and it’s pretty hard work at times, lugging all the camera gear around and camping in pretty rough conditions, but I don’t mind — you appreciate the creature comforts when you get home.”
One wildlife reminiscence caught with Riggs.
“Camping out on Bald Island with the booming calls of the nesting shearwaters so loud that you have to wear earplugs to get any sleep, is something I’ll never forget,” she mentioned.
With filming virtually full Riggs is searching for extra help to get the collection off the floor.
Through crowd funding, Riggs has to date raised greater than $1200 out of the $10,000 she hopes to obtain for assist with modifying and post-production.
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