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Fauna found on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

The Koala was listed as “Endangered” and “Vulnerable to Extinction” in 2022 by Federal laws due to habitat loss and pressures from development across Australia. The image above was recorded at 7.15 am September 21st. 2022 at Sportsmans Creek Conservation Area, Dilkoon. N.S.W. In conjunction with Envite eco-services, the property has recently planted two hundred Red gum trees (Euc. tereticornis) to increase the buffer zone of feed trees from the east at Sportsmans Creek towards the west and the Banyabba Nature Reserve.

A first-time confirmation sighting for the property after fifteen years.

Beautiful Sugar Glider found on Red Ironbark tree in the Wildlife Refuge.

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

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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. 




Arboreal mammals such as Yellow-bellied Gliders and Sugar Gliders open trees to provide a continuous meal of  flowing sap. Image taken on the Island of the Conservation Area.  

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

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Male Grey Kangaroo using their tails for balance as they deliver powerful double kicks to their adversary.