Australian Marsupial Returns From Brink Of Extinction

It’s always good news when we hear that animals are doing well in some way or another.

All too often, we hear about those critters disappearing or getting close to extinction, but an announcement from Victoria has conservationists cheering.

It seems as if a marsupial, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, is now coming back on the scene after almost disappearing altogether.

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It took some 30 years of conservation efforts for them to be upgraded from what they thought was extinct to an endangered state. It is hoped that they will continue to thrive.

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According to Lily D’Ambrosio, Environment Minister for Victoria, it is a real victory for Australia, because it is the first time they were able to bring an animal from “extinct in the wild” to endangered status.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In her words, “It is an incredible first for Australia.”

Many years ago, it was common to see the bandicoot in Southwest Victoria. After much of their habitat was destroyed and mainland foxes became a real problem, they were close to extinction.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

They could still be found outside of Hamilton, but there were only some 150 animals in the wild. Thanks to the efforts of many people, including volunteers working with dogs and scientists, there are now some 1500 bandicoots.

There were also some bandicoots that were sent to Philip, Churchill, and the French islands. There are no foxes on the island so they are doing quite well. Thanks to the distribution, the 1500 animals have allowed the classification of the species to change.

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