Bring back our bandicoots

Support the natives hiding in our backyards
By AG STAFF September 2, 2014 Reading Time: < 1
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Populations of the charming little southern brown bandicoot have been suffering from habitat fragmentation and loss, and predation by feral animals across the south-eastern states. Today, they are in a state of worrying decline.

The good news is that they have a gestation period of less than 15 days and breed in litters of up to six. This quick reproductive turn-around means the chances of a bounce-back are, in theory, good.

One of the biggest causes of habitat loss is the spread of urbanisation. Our fundraiser will go towards Deakin University ecologist Sarah Maclagan’s work (see left) looking into possible management practices for bandicoots carving out lives on the outer edges of our big cities.

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