Rufous Hare-wallaby or Mala Largorchestes hirsutus
Mala, the smallest surviving hare-wallaby, now extinct on mainland Australia (except behind wire) but once common in spinifex country.
The beautiful coat of Mala
Boodie or burrowing bettong Bettongia lesueur: now extinct on the mainland (except behind wire) once lived in communal burrows over most of southern Australia. At Lake Mungo (NSW) huge circles of exposed light coloured earth indicate how large these systems once were. Invading rabbits simply moved into the bettong warrens displacing the marsupial owners.
Boodie young being weighed and measured, rudely interrupted from slumber by ecologist!
Field Ecologist Felicity L’Hotellier at work, Scotia Sanctuary NSW, winter 4am after starting at midnight. These people are dedicated. Understanding the biology and requirements of these animals is the first step in helping them survive in a fragmented and warming future Australia.
The indignity of having one’s tail measured!
Adult Burrowing bettong
Bridled Nailtail Wallaby Onychogalea fraenata: photographs do not do this animal justice. Adults present as both beautiful and tender. Joeys are even more beautiful, to my eye they have the proportions of the red kangaroo in miniature, the result is a fine and delicate creature which contrasts with its arid preferred home.
By the 1950’s this wallaby along with their cousins the crescent nailtail were considered extinct everywhere but were rediscovered by an alert bushman in 1973. Once common it is now restricted to a tiny area of Qld, and also behind wire.