Backyard bandicoots


By Trish Fleming and Amanda Kristancic.  They come in the middle of the night to raid our gardens of fungi, bulbs, and grubs – leaving in their wake characteristic small conical diggings across lawns and flower beds.  Sharing our cities with southern brown bandicoots (quenda) is something that Perth and Mandurah residents have come to treasure.

cropped-cropped-img_13591.jpgHowever, not all residents are so lucky.  Even across the Perth CBD, quenda have been ‘lost’ from the older suburbs [1], possibly due to the presence of urban predators (our cats, dogs, and even foxes) and loss of habitat connectivity that would allow some animals to return.  Other cities across Australia are also not as lucky.  While urban quenda are fairly common in southwest WA, southern brown bandicoots in the eastern states are quite scarce, and listed as ‘Endangered’ (NSW), ‘Vulnerable’ (SA),  and ‘Threatened’ (Vic) [2].

Digging mammals can…

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