VIDEO: baby eastern barred bandicoots found in pouch
The species thrives in conservation areas fenced off from feral predators.
RANGERS FROM the Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre (MRBIC) recently discovered young in the pouch of a critically endangered eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii).
These small, nocturnal marsupials are endemic to south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. Once widespread across grasslands and woodlands, the mainland subspecies is now listed as extinct in the wild, due to predation by foxes and habitat loss.
However, the species tends to thrive in protected areas like the MRBIC, which includes a predator proof fence around the entire property.
According to the MRBIC, “This has allowed the re-introduction and subsequent establishment of free-living populations of some of Victoria’s most endangered mammal species.”
Video: Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre.