Bandicoot Watch Begins!!!


On Tuesday MEEPPA members Thomas and Peter were conducting habitat restoration on some native bushland and took note of some peculiar diggings in the ground these were created by the foraging of the Long Nosed Bandicoot a small species in the same family as the more well known Bilby.

Bandicoots have suffered tremendous declines since Europeans arrived with two extinctions and many only surviving on offshore islands or in fenced sanctuaries.

To find such a species still persisting close to an urban environment is really exciting these animals have been found in Mount Evelyn before and we’re hoping new findings will improve our knowledge of this elusive species. A camera trap has been placed in the bushland to better assist our surveys.

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