clinging to life

Australia has an amazing range of life forms - many of which are only found in this country. Sadly Australia also has the worst rate of extinction in the world and hundreds of engendered species.
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The palm-sized Mountain Pygmy Possum lives in the Australian Alps and is the only marsupial in the world to hibernate.

The palm-sized Mountain Pygmy Possum lives in the Australian Alps and is the only marsupial in the world to hibernate.

Hunting was major contributor to the early decline in numbers of the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby. Between 1884 and 1914 bounties were paid on over half a million rock-wallabies in New South Wales. These days feral predators and loss of habitat are the main threats to the survival of these beautiful animals.

Bounties were paid for Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies in

The Western Quoll used to be found over approximately 70% of mainland Australia, occurring in every State and Territory of the mainland. It is now only present in south-western Western Australia

The Western Quoll used to be found over approximately of mainland Australia, occurring in every State and Territory of the mainland. It is now only present in south-western Western Australia

The endangered Numbat only eats termites - up to 20,000 a day!  It is well equipped for a life of snacking on termite with well-developed sense of smell to locate the shallow and unfortified underground galleries that termites construct between the nest and their feeding sites, strong claws to rip into these galleries and a long snout and long sticky tongue which is flicks out in search of those oh so tasty morsels.

The endangered Numbat only eats termites - up to 20,000 a day! It is well equipped for a life of snacking on termite with well-developed sense of smell to locate the shallow and unfortified underground galleries that termites construct between the nest and their feeding sites, strong claws to rip into these galleries and a long snout and long sticky tongue which is flicks out in search of those oh so tasty morsels.

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Landline returns to the Flinders Rangers in South Australia to see how the second batch of western quolls has fared alongside their feline predators

There are only 300 Bridled Nailtail Wallbies left in the wild. There strategy of freezing in face of danger has made them easy targets for feral cats and foxes.

There are only 300 Bridled Nailtail Wallbies left in the wild. There strategy of freezing in face of danger has made them easy targets for feral cats and foxes.


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The Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) is the most endangered mammal in Australia. This small marsupial, also known as the rat-kangeroo, only survives in one location - Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve in southwestern Australia. The small animal eats mostly mushrooms and is threatened by feral foxes and cats and the possibility of fire. One fire could destroy the entire remaining population. Find out more at http://www.potoroo.org/  (Wikimedia Commons)

The Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) is the most endangered mammal in Australia. This small marsupial, also known as the rat-kangeroo, only survives in one location - Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve in southwestern Australia. The small animal eats mostly mushrooms and is threatened by feral foxes and cats and the possibility of fire. One fire could destroy the entire remaining population. Find out more at http://www.potoroo.org/ (Wikimedia Commons)

An Australian Honey Possum - a marsupial about half the size of a mouse, feeds on a Mottlecah Eucalyptus.   photo Jonathan Blair

An Australian Honey Possum - a marsupial about half the size of a mouse, feeds on a Mottlecah Eucalyptus. It is an important pollinator for such plants as Banksia attenuata, Banksia coccinea or Adenanthos cuneatus.

Ten extinct animals that have been rediscovered - Gilbert's Potoroo

Ten extinct animals that have been rediscovered

Gilbert's Potoroo First discovered in this rabbit-size Australian marsupial last appeared in 1879 before waiting until 1994 to reappear.

Quenda - aka southern brown bandicoot. These little guys have all but disappeared from other Australian cities, yet can still be seen throughout the Perth metropolitan area

These little guys have all but disappeared from other Australian cities, yet can still be seen throughout the Perth metropolitan area

New species of lizard found in Australia - Times LIVE    2 inches long

The six-centimetre long Ctenotus ora or coastal plains skink A new species of lizard has been discovered fighting to survive among the sand dunes outside Perth in Western Australia, scientists said.

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