Sylvia Yarnda Mnyirrinna is the custodian of Kadajiny Maya Aboriginal Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, a property located 30km southeast of Perth. The property is a dedicated Indigenous refuge and wildlife sanctuary used for education. It is Sylvia’s intent for it to continue in these uses, sharing a vision of sustainable solutions, minimal impact and a respect of Aboriginal culture.
The property covers approximately 6 hectares of previously pristine land sloping down to Canning River, although it has recently suffered fire damage. Prior to being burned, typical vegetation present included impressive stands of Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), Marri (Corymbia calophylla) and Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees as well as a wide range of native shrub species.
Examples of wildlife species known to occur on Kadajiny Maya Aboriginal Flora and Fauna Sanctuary include short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), red kangaroos (Macropus rufus) and other macropods, bobtail lizards (Tiliqua rugosa), short-billed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla), honeyeaters, pigeons, pied butcher birds (Cracticus nigrogularis), kulbardi (Cracticus tibicen) and a variety of other bird species.