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Marsupials

The Endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby and Joey photographed at Dangar Gorge. 

Where do they live?

In the past, the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby was abundant and widespread across the rocky country of south eastern Australia from southern Queensland to Victoria, roughly following the Great Dividing Range. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was considered a pest and shot for bounties and hunted for their fur. Around half a million Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies were killed during this time. 

The most arboreal dasyurid (small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials) listed as Vulnerable and Near Threatened on the IUCN Redlist. It is likely this species occur sparsely and discontinuously across their entire range. Their Australian native name is Tuan and have a long black-brush tipped tail. The Conservation Area is providing the necessary habitat for their continued existence. Photographed hunting in shed.

 

“This possum is the Short-eared Possum which was separated out from the Mountain Brushtail or Bobuck a few years back. The Bobuck only occurs south of Sydney while the Short-eared Possum occurs north of Sydney. The Bobucks lack the melanic (black-brown) morph.” This specimen with baby was found near the headwaters of the Clarence River.

I.D. courtesy of Dr. Greg Clancy.

Grey Kangaroo Joey and Willy Wagtai;l

Whiptail Wallaby

 

Also called the Pretty face Wallaby. The most beautiful and boldly marked of the mid-sized kangaroos. The Whiptail gets its name from its long tail that tapers to a whip-like end. Discontinuous populations from Cooktown south to the north-eastern New South Wales border from coastal areas to the western edge of the Great Dividing Range. Image taken in the foothills under the Great Divide amongst some old growth forest. 

Reference: www.wildlife.org.au

 

 

Image of the world’s smallest marsupial gliding possum with a body length of 6.5-8cm. Also known as the Pygmy Sugar Glider they eat flowers, nectar, pollen and insects. Although found along the entire Eastern Seaboard it is a first time sighting for the Conservation Area. They glide up to 5 times an hour and can glide over 20 metres between tall trees.

I.D. courtesy of Dr. Greg Clancy

Further reference – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feathertail_Glider

Image –www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/Animals_Plants/…/Nocturnal-House/Feathertail-Glider/-


Two adult male Grey Kangaroo fighting for supremacy and breeding rights on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge, today. By balancing on their tails kangaroos are able to deliver double-kick blows to their adversary.

Also known as the Mardo – a shrew-like marsupial who inhabits the drier Open Forests. Image taken during a catch/release night survey at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

Image of a medium sized marsupial with black nose and paws on the wildlife refuge today. They have an overall grey coat with a reddish-wash across the shoulders. Found throughout coastal scrub and schlerophyl forests in eastern Australia. There are a healthy population of these usually solitary animals at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

Further reference;     en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-necked_Wallaby

Found along the eastern and northern coasts of Australia and New Guinea. These marsupials can be found across the Dry schlerophyl forests on the wildlife refuge. They nest in the hollow of a tree or a nest made from twigs and leaves. Often living in groups of 10-15 with a dominant male. Omnivorous, preying on insects, birds eggs, lizards, arachnids, in winter turning to nectar, sap of eucalypts and pollen. Highly vocal with a variety of chatter, bark, chirp and “crabbing” sounds.  Capable of glides up to 100 metres. Considered one of the most abundant  Australian mammals and of least environmental concern. Image courtesy of Internet File Share.

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