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MALA is a non-profit, voluntary and independent organisation offering educational and social opportunities for the over-50's in Perth, Mandurah (and the surrounding Peel region) and the Rockingham areas of Western Australia.

MALA provides engaging programs on a wide tapestry of topics including aspects of history, literature, science, art, environmental issues, politics, culture, philosophy, languages, nature studies, religion, music, contemporary issues and more.  Lecturers are experts in their field and are chosen on the basis of their understanding of our learning requirements.  The many members represent a diverse spectrum of our community.

There are no examinations, no educational prerequisites, no set homework and no embarassing questions - just interesting and stimulating lectures.  You may enrol in any course that interests you, and no prior experience is needed nor expected.   Laughter and enjoyment are part and parcel of the deal!  

Occasionally dinners, tours and interesting outings may be organised for those who wish to participate.

Because MALA is a totally non-profit organisation all course fees are kept as low as we possibly can.

Currently, for example, Perth membership is $10 per Semester (10 weeks) and a Perth course comprising 5 lectures held on 5 consecutive weeks costs only $45.  

If you are interested in receiving course outlines, information and enrolment details please complete the 'Expression of Interest Form' which you can download by clicking on the button.

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A T-Rex running towards cacti

Only four animals are known to demonstrate displacement. Displacement is the ability to communicate about objects or events that are distant in both time and space!

Displacement (though you may not have thought much about it) is clearly something we as humans frequently do. We ‘imagine’ a person, object or space not where we are now, and how things may have been different in the past or will change into the future.

Do you know what three other species of animal have been shown to possess this capability?

Ravens are larger-bodied birds of the species Corvus, distributed in most parts of the world, including the Australian Raven found here in WA. They are widely acknowledged as intelligent, and display behaviours only explainable by acknowledging their capacity to plan and problem solve. Apart from sounds, ravens also communicate by using their beaks and wings (much like humans rely on our hands) to make gestures, such as for pointing to an object.

Bees perform a waggle-dance to communicate to other bees the location of the most recent food source they have visited. They have not clearly demonstrated the ability to communicate additional variations in time other than their most recent successful foray.

Ants have been observed sending out scouts to patrol for food items and coming back for other workers if the food found is too large to bring to the nest by the finder alone; for example, a dead caterpillar that is too heavy. The ants communicate using a system composed of olfactory or scent clues from several glands together with body movements.

Some other animals, like squirrels, mice and beavers, gather and store extra food to eat during the lean winter months, but without evidence of communicating where the food cache is, they fall short of a strict definition of displacement.

If you want to know more about our local ravens (and how they differ from crows) go to:


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